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Prof. Marjorie Howes talks about "Yeats’s Graves: Last Poems, Death, and Afterwords"

Thursday, May 2, 2013, 7:00 p.m.

at Glucksman Ireland House NYU

Prof. Marjorie Howes of Boston College discusses Nobel-winning poet and writer WB Yeats's later life and writing with "Yeats's Graves: Last Poems, Death, and Afterwords."

Few poets have written as frequently, or as movingly, about aging and death as Yeats. Marjorie Howes traces representations of graves and burial in the late Yeats to uncover two conflicting impulses provoked by that fatal muse. In one, Yeats asserts his will to manage his passing and determine his legacy. But, Howes argues, the late Yeats ultimately relinquishes that project and embraces a more disturbing, less controlled version of death and memorialization as a more fitting endpoint to his literary endeavors.

Marjorie Howes holds a B.A. from the University of Michigan and a Ph.D. from Princeton University. Her interests include Yeats, Joyce, Modernism, writing by women, 19th- and 20th-century Irish and Anglophone writing, postcolonial studies, feminism, migration, and transatlantic cultural history. Prof. Howes is the author of Yeats's Nations: Gender, Class, and Irishness, among numerous books and articles.

Introduction by Professor John Waters

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