My Poets, Maureen N. McLane

New York, NY

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Poet-critic Maureen N. McLane, Associate Professor of English (NYU), speaks on her latest work, My Poets (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2012), which The New York Times calls “a delightful shock ... a friendly book, inviting readers by its own example to let poems change them too.” Read the complete review at:  Respondents include Catherine Robson, Associate Professor of English at NYU, and William Corbett, a poet and memoirist who teaches writing at MIT.

This event is free and open to the public.  A reception will follow.

From official Farrar, Straus and Giroux page: "In this stunningly original book Maureen N. McLane channels the spirits and voices that make up the music in one poet’s mind. Weaving criticism and memoir, My Poets explores a life reading and a life read ... In a poetical prose both probing and incantatory, McLane has written a radical book of experimental criticism. Susan Sontag called for an 'erotics of interpretation': this is it. Part Bildung, part dithyramb, part exegesis, My Poets extends an implicit invitation to you, dear reader, to consider who your 'my poets,' or 'my novelists,' or 'my filmmakers,' or 'my pop stars,' might be."

Maureen N. McLane was educated at Harvard, Oxford, and the University of Chicago, from which she received her PhD in 1997. She is the author of Balladeering, Minstrelsy, and the Making of British Romantic Poetry (Cambridge UP, 2008), Romanticism and the Human Sciences (CUP, 2000, 2006), Same Life: poems (FSG, 2008), and World Enough: poems (FSG, forthcoming June 2010).  Her research and teaching focus on British literature and culture, 1750-30, and more broadly on the intersection of poetry, "literature," and modernity: special areas of interest include romanticism, modernism, balladry (British and American), mediality, 20th- and 21st-century poetries in English, the human sciences, historiography, and the case of Scotland. In 2003 she won the National Book Critics Circle's Balakian Award for Excellence in Book Reviewing; she served on the Board of Directors of the NBCC, 2007-2010.