UNCW’s Buckner Lecture Series Sponsors Giving Modernism a Makeover Presentation by Leading Scholar Anthony Cuda

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Writer, editor and scholar Anthony Cuda will give a presentation on modernist literature and poetry as part of the University of North Carolina Wilmington’s Buckner Lecture Series. The lecture, which is free and open to the public, will take place at 6:30 p.m. March 16 in DeLoach Hall, Room 114.

His presentation – “How to Make Modernism Young Again: Randall Jarrell, T.S. Eliot, and the Eliot Girls” – will explore how Jarrell, a celebrated poet and professor in Greensboro, became one of the most influential critics of the postwar era while struggling for years with a major essay on T.S. Eliot that he would never finish. Cuda argues that Jarrell’s deep exploration of Eliot became crucial to the poet-critic’s own creative vision of moving beyond tradition to make modernism young again.

Cuda is the author of The Passions of Modernism: Eliot, Yeats, Woolf, and Mann (2010). He co-edited of The Complete Prose of T.S. Eliot, The Critical Edition Vol. 2: The Perfect Critic, 1919-1926 (2014), which won the Modernist Studies Association Book Prize in 2015. His reviews of poetry have appeared in Washington Post Book World, The New Criterion, FIELD Magazine and other publications.

Cuda, an associate professor of English at UNCG, teaches courses in modern poetry and modernist literature.

The author’s presentation is co-sponsored by UNC Wilmington’s English Department and the Buckner Lecture Series, which was established by Charles F. Green III to bring distinguished guest presenters to UNC Wilmington and to honor his friend, Katherine K. Buckner.