'The Literary Legacy of the Great War’
Fri, April 18, 2014 • 2:45 PM - 4:30 PM • Tom Lea Rooms, Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center 3.206
Steven Isenberg (VISITING PROFESSOR OF THE HUMANITIES)
What was the reach and hold of the poetry, memoirs, and novels of the Great War on the language and approach of subsequent war writing? How can one now assess the acts of witnessing and the art of experiencing that characterize the Great War’s writings? How did the literary dimension of the war endure and change over the century, down to the movies, literature, and the literary journalism of our time? And what are the examples that illuminate this long path?
Steven Isenberg is the Visiting Professor of Humanities in the Liberal Arts Honors program. In 2007, he won the Harry Ransom teaching award. Most recently, he has been the Executive Director of the PEN American Center, the largest center of the world's oldest human rights and literary organizations. He is an Honorary Fellow of Worcester College, Oxford.