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Sincerely Yours, Wallace Stevens

Fri., Sep. 20, 2019 | 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Rothenberg Hall
Event Notes: 
Add to Calendar 09/20/2019 09:00 AM 09/20/2019 05:00 PM America/Los_Angeles Sincerely Yours, Wallace Stevens Visit page - The Huntington - Rothenberg Hall

Wallace Stevens is regarded as one of the great American poets, yet he was also an inimitable letter writer. Leading international experts make the first concerted effort to study Stevens' letters as a major part of the poet's literary heritage.

Conference Schedule


9 a.m. - Registration & Coffee

9:30 a.m. - Welcome: Steve Hindle (The Huntington)

Remarks: Bart Eeckhout (University of Antwerp)
Lisa Goldfarb (Gallatin School, New York University)

Karla Nielsen (The Huntington)
The Wallace Stevens Papers

10 a.m. - Session 1: Forms of Personal Exchange 
Moderator: Bonnie Costello (Boston University)

Juliette Utard (University of Paris IV - Sorbonne)
Epistolary Stevens: Transitions and Transactions in the Letters

Al Filreis (University of Pennsylvania)
The Other Side of Letters

12 p.m. - Lunch and viewing of the Wallace Stevens Papers

1:30 p.m. - Session 2: Publishers and Mass Culture

Moderator: George S. Lensing (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill)

Edward Ragg (Independent Scholar)
Stevens and the Publishers: What the Huntington Correspondence Reveals

Lisa M. Steinman (Reed College)
Selling Lemonade to a Crowd of Drunks

3:30 p.m. - Break

3:45 p.m. - Session 3: Particular Occasions and People

Moderator: Marjorie Perloff (Stanford University)

Milton J. Bates (Marquette University)
A Paternal Interest in Bears: The Stevens Family Christmas of 1935

Lee M. Jenkins (University College Cork)
The Best of All My Correspondents: Stevens and Thomas McGreevy


8:30 a.m. - Registration & Coffee

9 a.m. - Session 4: Constructing Places, Realities, Worlds 
Moderator: Lisa M. Steinman (Reed College)

George S. Lensing (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill)
Stevens's Correspondence: How the World Found the Poem

Bonnie Costello (Boston University)
Life Is an Affair of Places

Charles Altieri (University of California, Berkeley)
Changing Notions of the Real in Stevens's Letters

12 p.m. - Lunch

1 p.m. - Session 5: Reflections on Sound and Rhythm

Moderator: Milton J. Bates (Marquette University)

Lisa Goldfarb (Gallatin School, New York University)
Reading and Listening to Stevenss Letters: The Delicatest Ear of the Mind

Natalie Gerber (State University of New York at Fredonia)
Aesthetics, Poetry, Art, or Blondes: Why Stevens's Letters Don't Theorize Rhythm

3 p.m. - Break

3:15 p.m. - Session 6: Elliptical Definitions of Poetry
Moderator: Al Filreis (University of Pennsylvania)

Marjorie Perloff (Stanford University)
The Formulation of Stevens's Poetics in the Late Letters

Bart Eeckhout (University of Antwerp)
Somebody Puts a Manifesto Together: The Submerged Adagia