Tuesday 10th May 2022, 12:00pm
Session 245: D.H. Lawrence on Edgar Allan Poe with Leila Peacock
For this inaugural lunch session, Leila Peacock selected the chapter “Edgar Allan Poe” from the book, Studies in Classic American Literature by D.H. Lawrence. This is the first of two back-to-back sessions focusing on experimental criticism.
D. H. Lawrence’s Studies in Classic American Literature was first published in 1923. With its expressionist style, poetic license and unorthodox emotionality it seems very far from the calm, collected tone expected of critics. It falls into the categories of both literature and criticism, and the very contemporary notion of ‘ficto-criticism’. Edmund Wilson, a literary critic of the time, described it as “one of the few first-rate books that have ever been written on the subject” despite “shots that do not hit the mark and moments that are quite hysterical”.
Session location: Reseda Zürich am Hauptbahnhof