Next Up – Poet and Scholar Michael Davidson

The New Writing Series welcomes poet and scholar Michael Davidson to the UMaine campus for two major events this week. Davidson, who in addition to his many volumes of poetry has also written extensively on gender and disability issues, will give a poetry reading on November 15, 2007, at 4:30 in the Arthur Hill Auditorium in Barrows Hall. A lecture based on his forthcoming book, Concerto for Left Hand: Disability and the Defamiliar Body, will take place in the Hill auditorium at 11am on Friday, November 16.

Davidson, Vice Chair of the Department of Literature at the University of California, San Diego, is the author of eight volumes of poetry and the editor of a highly praised collection of the poems of George Oppen. His recent scholarly book, Guys Like Us: Citing Masculinity in Cold War Poetics, “focuses on the production of masculine identity within particular texts, literary and otherwise. What is at stake for Davidson is the fracturing of what he calls the ‘enabling myth of domestic, heterosexual normalcy’ during the 1950s, and what made such fracturing both necessary and possible.” (Review.)

Davidson’s other scholarly works include The San Francisco Renaissance: Poetics and Community at Mid-Century, and Ghostlier Demarcations: Modern Poetry and the Material World. His latest book of poetry, published in 1998, is The Arcades, which follows his other acclaimed work in Post Hoc, The Landing of Rochambeau, and The Prose of Fact.

You can read an interview with Michael Davidson here.

Davidson’s visit to the UMaine campus is cosponsored by the Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Studies. The American sign language (ASL) interpretation of Davidson’s lecture will be provided by Bangor Interpreting.

Thanks to Hansie Grignon for her work on this announcement.

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