Staying at Home with Emily Dickinson

Christina Katopodis at Online

Wed, Sep 9 at 8 p.m.   |   75 minutes
Olios: Drop-in classes led by professors

Dickinson is also known as somewhat of a recluse: she voluntarily confined herself to her home for most of her life, which makes her poems all the more relevant to our socially-distanced lives today. In this Olio, Christina Katopodis will facilitate a discussion about a small selection of Emily Dickinson's poems, particularly those related to being confined in small spaces.

The 19th Century American poet, Emily Dickinson, is known for her powerful and innovative poetry. Dickinson filled her poems with dashes of all kinds--long, short, straight, slanted and quivering--across scraps of paper of different shapes and sizes that she found around her house.

Dickinson is also known as somewhat of a recluse: she voluntarily confined herself to her home for most of her life, which makes her poems all the more relevant to our socially-distanced lives today.

Her poems echo with creaks and footsteps, the resounding voices of frogs and birds, and the eerie buzz of insects--subtleties that build a sort of tension we might identify with more than ever in our confinement during this global health crisis. In this Olio, Christina Katopodis will facilitate a discussion about a small selection of Emily Dickinson's poems, particularly those related to being confined in small spaces. We will closely read her poems and engage in a creative writing exercise.

Teacher: Christina Katopodis

Christina Katopodis is a doctoral candidate in English and Futures Initiative Fellow at the Graduate Center, CUNY, and an adjunct instructor at Hunter College. She is a scholar of environmental studies, sound studies, and American literature.


Venue: Online

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