ALSCW Chicago Local Meeting, April 22, 2015

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David Hertz, Professor and Chair of Comparative Literature, Indiana University, Bloomington, presented a lecture titled “Eugenio Montale and the Great Modern Cycle of Love Poetry” at the University of Chicago. The event was co-Sponsored by the Committee on Social Thought and the Association of Literary Scholars, Writers, and Critics

The lecture was followed by a reading of Montale’s love poems by Silvia Guslandi, David Hertz, Rosanna Warren, and Rebecca West

David Michael Hertz’s most recent book, Eugenio Montale, The Fascist Storm and the Jewish Sunflower, is an extensive study of the Clizia myth in the works of the Italian poet Eugenio Montale, winner of the Nobel Prize in 1975. Hertz’s earlier books include Frank Lloyd Wright in Word and FormAngels of Reality: Emersonian Unfoldings in Frank Lloyd Wright, Wallace Stevens and Charles Ives;  and The Tuning of the Word: the Musico-literary Poetics of Symbolist Movement. A composer and pianist, Hertz is the co-founder of the Center for Comparative Arts at Indiana University.

Silvia Guslandi is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Romance Languages, the University of Chicago.

Rosanna Warren is the Hanna Holborn Gray Distinguished Service Professor in the Committee on Social Thought, the University of Chicago.

Rebecca West is the William R. Kenan, Jr. Distinguished Service Professor Emerita of Italian Literature in the Department of Romance Languages and the Department of Cinema and Media Studies, the University of Chicago.

Henri Cole Poetry Reading

Henri Cole was born in Fukuoka, Japan, in 1956.  He has published nine collections of poetry, including Middle Earth, which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry. He has received many awards for his work, including the Jackson Prize, the Kingsley Tufts Award, the Rome Prize, the Berlin Prize, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and the Lenore Marshall Award. His most recent collection, Nothing to Declare, was published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux last spring. He teaches at Claremont McKenna College and lives in Boston.