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Freshman Voltaire's Coffee: Dr. Garrison presents: For the Confederate Dead by Kevin Young

Tue, August 30, 2011

7:00 PM

James Garrison, For the Confederate Dead by Kevin Young; August 30.

A collection of poems, many elegiac but others narrative or satiric, all responding to issues raised by the southern experience ("The South knows ruin & likes it  / thataway").

Professor Garrison also asks that you read two poems, Tate's 'Ode to the Confederate Dead' and Lowell's 'For the Union Dead.'  (These can be found online.)

James D. Garrison attended Princeton and The University of California Berkeley, receiving his PhD in English in 1972.  He has taught at UT since 1973, serving as Chair of the English Department from 1994 to 2006.  He is the author of two books on the poetry of John Dryden -- Dryden and the Tradition of Panegyric and Pietas from Vergil to Dryden – as well as articles on Dryden, Gray, and Gibbon.  His book A Dangerous Liberty: Translating Gray’s Elegy appeared in 2009 and in 2011 he received The Chad Oliver Award for Teaching Excellence in Plan II.  He holds the Archibald A. Hill Regents Centennial Professorship in English and American Literature and the title Distinguished Teaching Professor.

Sponsored by: Plan II Students Association and the Plan II Honors Program

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