Poet Charles Bernstein to present Ward-Phillips Lectures

Author: Arlette Saenz


Charles Bernstein, a renowned figure in innovative American poetics, will deliver a lecture series titledThe Attack of the Difficult Poems: Poetics, Technology, Inventionfrom Nov. 27 to 29 (Monday to Wednesday) in the auditorium of the University of Notre DamesHesburghCenterfor International Studies.The events are free and open to the public.

The first lecture,The Task of Poetics, the Fate of Innovation and the Aesthetics of Criticism,will be presented Nov. 27 at 5 p.m.Bernstein will speak onThe Poetics of Invention and the Art of Teachingat 5 p.m. Nov. 28, to be followed by a reading of his poetry.On Nov. 29 at 1:30 p.m., a public discussion of Bernsteins presentations thus far will be led by Notre Dame professors, local scholars and poets, followed by Bernsteins final presentation,Objectivist Blues&the Art of Immemorabilityat 5 p.m.

Bernstein is the Donald T. Regan Professor of English at theUniversityofPennsylvaniaand has been instrumental in producing the most useful and widely known Web-based tools for teaching.A 1972 graduate of Harvard, he is the author of 25 books of poetry, most recentlyGirly Man,the editor of numerous books of essays, and writer of five librettos.His essays have appeared in more than 150 periodicals and his three collections are among the most influential books of prose on the topic of postmodern poetry.Bernstein has received multiple fellowships and has been a writer-in-residence or visiting faculty member at numerous universities.

Bernsteins lectures are sponsored by the Department of English as a part of the 2006 Ward-Phillips Lectures.

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