Sylvia Plath and Irish Modernism

Come join the NYC Irish Studies Consortium on Monday, July 27th at 4:00pm for our first virtual reading group discussion. We will be hosting Amanda Golden whose recent book Annotating Modernism: Marginalia and Pedagogy from Virginia Woolf to the Confessional Poets considers the dynamics of literary influence through close examinations of poets’ annotations in their personal copies of modernist texts. Dr. Golden will share her chapter on Sylvia Plath with the group for a discussion of Plath’s Irish modernist influences, most notably her reading of Yeats and Joyce. Dr. Golden will be joined in conversation with Heather Clark, author of the forthcoming Red Comet: The Short Life and Blazing Art of Sylvia Plath.

To join this group discussion via Zoom register here by July 24th. All registrants will receive the chapter to read in advance of the discussion.

Amanda Golden is Associate Professor of English at New York Institute of Technology. Her book Annotating Modernism: Marginalia and Pedagogy from Virginia Woolf to the Confessional Poets was published in May by Routledge. She is currently editing The Bloomsbury Handbook to Sylvia Plath with Anita Helle and Maeve O’Brien, and has edited This Business of Words: Reassessing Anne Sexton (UP of Florida, 2016, paperback, 2018) and a cluster on feminist modernist digital humanities for Feminist Modernist Studies (2018). She has published in Modernism/modernityWoolf Studies Annual, and The Space Between: Literature and Culture, 1914-1945.

Heather Clark is the author of Red Comet: The Short Life and Blazing Art of Sylvia Plath, which will be published by Knopf this October; The Grief of Influence: Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes (Oxford UP); and The Ulster Renaissance: Poetry in Belfast 1962-1972 (Oxford UP). She is currently working on Sylvia Plath: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford UP) and Her Kind: The Boston Years of Sylvia Plath, Anne Sexton, Adrienne Rich, and Maxine Kumin (Knopf). Her recent awards include a Leon Levy Biography Fellowship at CUNY, and an NEH Public Scholar Fellowship. She is Professor of Contemporary Poetry at the University of Huddersfield, UK.

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