The English Department Summer 2020 Curbside Menu
June 18: An Unforgettable Jane Eyre On Stage
Want to see some of the best theatre in the world? The information goddesses at Howe Library have managed to get us a free trial to England’s National Theater Live archive. One of my very favorite productions is the stage adaptation of the beloved 19th-century novel by Charlotte Bronte, Jane Eyre. I invite you watch it the week of June 15, and then to get together with me to talk about it (and you will want to talk about it!) on Thursday, June 18 at 7 p.m. on our Teams channel.
June 25: Podcast with George Saunders
After reading George Saunders “Fox 8,” join us for an interview with Saunders from the “Sugar Calling” podcast. After familiarizing yourself with each, a live discussion will happen in Teams on June 25 at 7 p.m.
July 8: Accuracy, Spontaneity, and Mystery: A Recipe for the Poem
The poet Elizabeth Bishop (1911-1979) found these qualities at the heart of the poems she loved most. Accurate descriptions and observations bring us closer to the world. But can spontaneity be specified? Can mystery be studied? We will seek out and share poems that—for each of us—contain and perform these three qualities: the how, where, and why; how it all comes together; and how we testify.
July 16: How do Humans Talk During and After COVID?
How do humans talk—to each other or just to themselves or maybe to their dogs or cats or birds or hamsters—while they stay home during the pandemic? What do they say when the world starts to open up again? And how do you convert that talk into a very short play? This menu item invites aficionados of the dramatic arts to write and share and discuss the words that matter in the time of COVID.
July 22: Alumni Roadshow: Writers Edition
How do you go from writing workshop to writing career? Novelist, poet, and UVM professor Maria Hummel (’94) hosts other UVM alumni authors to discuss their paths to publication, favorite UVM memories, and more. Come with your questions!