The Lives of Emily Dickinson: Poetry, Philosophy, Sexuality

SEP 06, 2018 | 5:30 PM TO 7:30 PM



The Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue


9100: Skylight Room


September 06, 2018: 5:30 PM-7:30 PM





Barry S. Brook Center for Music Research and Documentation


Emily Dickinson belongs to that class of artists who continuously challenge interpretation through the magnitude of their vision. Her astoundingly original poetry continues to disturb, delight, intrigue, and challenge us today. In this seminar, Jerome Charyn presents a revisionary picture of the great poet in ways that challenge received opinions: as a woman who was deeply philosophical, intensely engaged with the world, and attracted to members of both sexes. Music figured prominently in Dickinson's poetry. The seminar will address the use of musical imagery in her poems, from the sounds of the natural world to the role of music as a source of inspiration and transcendence. The music of Amy Beach will be discussed in preparation for a theatrical concert that merges her music and a dramatic monologue based on Dickinson’s poetry and letters.

Jerome Charyn, award-winning American novelist, essayist, and author of The Secret Life of Emily Dickinson: A Novel and A Loaded Gun: Emily Dickinson for the 21st Century

James Melo, musicologist for the Ensemble for the Romantic Century and Senior Editor at RILM Abstracts of Music Literature

Barry S. Brooks Center for Music Research and Documentation
in connection with the Ensemble for the Romantic Century's theatrical concert
Because I Could not Stop: An Encounter with Emily Dickinson

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