October 01, 2009 12:00AM
Romanticism and its effects on the landscape of writing will be the focus of Pittsburg State University's upcoming Emmett Memorial Lecture, set for 8 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 8, in the Balkans Room at Overman Student Center.
Michael Martin, an English lecturer and co-director of the Nancy Geshke Writing Center at Marygrove College in Detroit, Michigan, will be the featured speaker.
Martin's lecture topic, "The Mystical Body of Romanticism," examines the Romantic era in history and literature, which shifted the emphasis away from reason and rationality toward mystery, emotion and intuition. The Romantic era dated from 1790 to the post-Civil War period in American history.
Martin is the winner of the 16th annual Emmett Award for Best Article on a Literary Topic, published in The Midwest Quarterly this year. The lecture is free and open to the public. A brief award ceremony and reception in the Heritage Room will follow the lecture.
The Emmett Memorial Award and Lecture are sponsored by the Emmett family, The Midwest Quarterly and the PSU English Department. The award is given in memory of the late Dr. Victor J. Emmett, Jr., who, before his death in 1990, served 23 years as a professor of English at Pittsburg State. He also served at various times as chairperson of the English Department, acting dean of Graduate Studies, and editor-in-chief of The Midwest Quarterly.
For more information, contact Dr. Stephen Meats at 620-235-4685.