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"Wise Passiveness: The Phenomenology of Reception in Romantic Poetry," Dr. Cassandra Falke

Painting "Early Morning," by Samuel Palmer (1825); pen and ink drawing of a forest scene featuring a large canopied tree and a rabbit by a log in the foreground
Park Hall 265

The English Department and the Willson Center for Humanities and Arts present a talk by Dr. Cassandra Falke titled "Wise Passiveness: The Phenomenology of Reception in Romantic Poetry."

Cassandra Falke is a Professor of English Literature at The Arctic University of Norway. She specializes in English romanticism and literary theory. Her books include  Intersections in Christianity and Critical Theory  (ed. 2010),  Literature by the  Working Class: English Autobiography, 1820-1848  (2013),  The Phenomenology of Love and Reading   (2016; paperback 2018), Phenomenology of the Broken Body  ( co-ed 2019), and Wild Romanticism (co-ed, 2021). In articles and book chapters, she has also written about Romantic-period literature, class, education, contemporary phenomenology and the portrayal of violence in literature. She is the recipient of a Fulbright professorship, two NEH awards, and a Distinguished Professor designation for teaching. Her current book project is entitled The Reader as Witness: Seeing Political Violence through Contemporary Novels . She currently leads the project ReadRespond: Literature / History / Human Rights, an international, online reading initiative encouraging discussions of rights-engaged literature.

The lecture is free and open to the public. This talk has been sponsored by the English Department's Rodney Baine Lecture Fund and the Willson Center for Humanities and Arts.

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