Tuesday, May 7, 2013
McLean Foyer of Meditation
Browning and the Traumatic Monologue
Lecture by Dr. Cornelia Pearsall, Professor in the Department of English Language and Literature at Smith College, Northampton, Massachusetts
Trauma, wounding, broken things and darkening paths: these topics may not initially seem in keeping with the celebratory nature of Browning Day. This lecture explores some ways, however, in which representations of potentially disabling events or states were in fact enabling for Browning's poetry. With particular attention to "Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came" (1855) and to the emergent field of Disability Studies, Dr. Pearsall will discuss ways in which traumatic events are not only depicted but performed in the dramatic monologue and conceived of as poetically productive.
Music for the afternoon is being organized by Carlos Colon, ABL's Artist in Residence and Baylor's Coordinator for Worship Initiatives, and will include a composition of his featuring the idea of a dramatic monologue. Baylor alum Keron Jackson, a dramatic operatic bass, will sing.
Refreshments in the Garden of Contentment.