Three poems by Sylvia Plath: an interactive lecture with Dr Rudolph Glitz | AAC

Organized together with the English Alumni Circle.

15jun2017 17.00


Judging by occasional media headlines around newly discovered letters or diary entries by Sylvia Plath (1932-1963), it is mainly her private suffering and suicide - often in connection with her marriage to Ted Hughes - that keep her in the public eye.

While acknowledging the often autobiographical character of her work, we will counter this trend by putting some of her poetry centre-stage. We will do that by focusing on three poems in particular, whose themes, imagery, and other subtle effects we will explore and savour just like their first readers might have, i.e. without presuming any biographical background knowledge beyond what is indicated in them.

Be prepared

In preparation for this interactive lecture, you will be asked to read three of Plath’s poems: ‘Mirror’, ‘Tale of a Tub’ and ‘Daddy’. Rudolph Glitz (UvA) will first give a brief introduction to Plath’s poetry in general and these three poems in particular, followed by an interactive discussion with the audience, led by moderator Cornelia van den Doel.

About the speakers

Rudolph Glitz is Associate Professor of English Language and Culture at the UvA. He studied in Heidelberg, Berlin and Cambridge, before completing his PhD at Oxford. He has worked for the UvA since 2007, and his research interests include poetry, Victorian and twentieth century novels, sociological theory in relation to literature, and the politics and construction of generational and age group identities.
Cornelia van den Doel studied English Literature in London and English Language and Literature at the UVA.

English Alumni Circle

This event was organized together with the English Alumni Circle.

Are you staying for diner?

After the interview and discussion we will serve a club meal for 15 euros. Our members get an 15% discount. Please let u know if you are staying for dinner.

Program Thursday June 15th

17.00 doors open and drinks
17.30 start interactive lecture
18.45 end of program
Drinks and dinner (optional)
Oudezijds Achterburgwal 235, Amsterdam.

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