Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Professor's Corner: It's Epic! Derek Walcott's Omeros

The final session of the 2014-15 season of the Professor's Corner series (a free discussion group devoted to quality presentations on literary topics) will take place on Wednesday, May 13, 2015.  Please join us for It's Epic! Derek Walcott's Omeros.  Admission is free and open to all.  Refreshments will be served.

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ABOUT THIS SESSION
Nobel laureate Derek Walcott’s 1990 masterpiece Omeros updates the ancient tradition of epic poetry into the twentieth-century Caribbean.  Just as Homer’s Iliad not only tells the story of the Trojan War but also provides us a window onto the social, political and religious worldview of ancient Greek society, so Walcott uses a dispute among St. Lucian fishermen to explore modern West Indian experience in all its post-colonial, multicultural and linguistic complexity.  Unlike Homer, Walcott’s narrator also muses on his own wanderings to the U.S. and Europe, connecting the local world of the narrative to the broader one we inhabit.  In this session we will discuss selections from Omeros that illustrate why poet and novelist Robert Graves wrote that Walcott “handles English with a closer understanding of its inner magic than most . . . of his contemporaries.”  
       
WHEN & WHERE
Wednesday, May 13, 2015
7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
Denton Public Library, South Branch (3228 Teasley, Denton, Texas, 76210.  Just south of the Teasley/Lillian Miller intersection. A Google map and directions are available here.)

COST
This program is free and open to the public.  Refreshments will be served.

SPEAKER
This session's presenter is Dr. Carl Smeller, Associate 
Professor of English and Humanities at Texas Wesleyan University.  Dr. Smeller teaches American and world literatures, composition, science writing, grammar and interdisciplinary humanities.  He is a frequent presenter at Professor’s Corner.

OPTIONAL READINGS FOR THIS SESSION

Omeros from Wikipedia is available at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Omeros  
Derek Walcott from Wikipedia is available at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Derek Walcott
Derek Walcott's Omeros is recommended for purchase, but not required.   

THE PROFESSOR'S CORNER SERIES

The purpose of this free series is to meet a public need for high-quality presentations on literary topics by featuring local English professors who talk about their special interests.  The presentations are aimed at the general public and allow for discussion. Gatherings are usually held on the second Wednesday of specified months from 7:00 p.m. to about 8:30 p.m., and readings of modest length are usually available in advance.  Announcements are available by e-mail; to get on the mailing list send a request to Fred Kamman of the Denton Public Library at Fred.Kamman@cityofdenton.com.

STILL TO COME: PROFESSOR'S CORNER 2014-15

This is the final session of the 2014-2015 season.  The 2015-16 season will begin in the fall; watch this space for further details.

SERIES COORDINATOR

Fred Kamman of the Denton Public Library (Fred.Kamman@cityofdenton.com or 940-349-8752) 
SERIES PRODUCER
Dr. Stephen Souris of Texas Woman’s University (SSouris@twu.edu or 940-898-2343)

THANK YOU TO THESE SUPPORTERS OF THE PROFESSOR'S CORNER SERIES
Many thanks to Denton Public LibraryVoertman'sRecycled Books Records CDs and Cooper’s Copies and Printing for their support.  This program was also made possible in part by a grant from Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

We hope to see you on Wednesday, May 13, 2015.


~Dr. Stephen Souris

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