Book Talk with Susan Stewart and Denis Feeney

Wed, Feb 26, 2020, 6:00 pm
Location: 
Labyrinth Books Princeton
Audience: 
Open to the public
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Sponsor(s): 
Labyrinth

"The Ruins Lesson: Meaning and Material in Western Culture" (January 2020) is the most recent book by Susan Stewart, Avalon Foundation University Professor in the Humanities and Professor of English.

How have ruins become so valued in Western culture and so central to our art and literature? Covering a vast chronological and geographical range, from ancient Egyptian inscriptions to twentieth-century memorials, Susan Stewart (past director/English), in conversation with Denis Feeney (Classics), seeks to answer this question as she traces the appeal of ruins and ruins images, and the lessons that writers and artists have drawn from their haunting forms.

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