The first faculty forum of the 2010-11 academic year will be held on Wednesday, September 1, 2010 at 12:30 p.m. in Mathers, as Assistant Professor of English Fran Abbate presents "Under the Influence."
"I’ve been an avid, if amateur, fan of Geoffrey Chaucer’s long poem “Troilus and Criseyde” since reading it for a graduate school seminar, so I wasn’t too surprised when, a couple years ago, I found myself writing a few poems based on his characters," Abbate said. "I was, however, surprised to realize the project had turned into a book-length manuscript that continues to absorb me. I’ll briefly discuss Chaucer’s poem—at the heart of which is a betrayal critic C.D. Lewis considered so devastating no reader “without reluctance reads it twice”—and its history. I’ll also discuss the challenges I’ve been facing in retelling the story (which I’ve set in Troy, WI, naturally!) before reading a selection of poems from the manuscript."
Hot buffet lunch will be available for $3.00 beginning at noon. To assure a proper count, please RSVP to Csilla Macsari by noon today (Tues.) (email: macsaric, or call extension 2263).