Professor Joshua Bennett's New Poetry Collection

Professor Joshua Bennett's new collection Owed was published this week by Penguin Poets! From the Penguin Random House website:

Bennett’s new collection, Owed, is a book with celebration at its center. Its primary concern is how we might mend the relationship between ourselves and the people, spaces, and objects we have been taught to think of as insignificant, as fundamentally unworthy of study, reflection, attention, or care. Spanning the spectrum of genre and form–from elegy and ode to origin myth–these poems elaborate an aesthetics of repair. What’s more, they ask that we turn to the songs and sites of the historically denigrated so that we might uncover a new way of being in the world together, one wherein we can truthfully reckon with the brutality of the past and thus imagine the possibilities of our shared, unpredictable present, anew.

And make sure you check out this interview with Professor Joshua Bennett in Poets & Writers!


Stay-At-Home Public Project with Four Dartmouth Faculty

There’s No Place Like Home: 19th Century Women Writers and the Opportunities of Domesticity
Colleen Boggs, Carolyn Dever, Christie Harner, Ivy Schweitzer

Imagine if Stay-At-Home were not a temporary order but a way of life. We are working with students to build a WordPress site that showcases how nineteenth-century women writers dealt with the challenges of enforced domesticity and saw the home as a site of artistic and personal constraint as well as opportunity. We believe that women writers from the past newly speak to a broad audience in the present moment, now that millions of people are under stay-at-home orders and experiencing, in highly gendered ways, the restructuring of the workforce, the economy, and the political landscape. We will explore what the lives of 19th century women might teach us about stay-at-home orders, for one, but also about women’s labor and creative output during times of crisis.

Dartmouth students will be key partners in our work, serving as research assistants and building content via fall and winter quarter class assignments.

Professor Joshua Bennett's New Book

Assistant Professor of English and Creative Writing Joshua Bennett has a new book Being Property Once Myself (Harvard University Press, 2020) coming out on May 12, 2020. About the book, Harvard UP writes:

A prize-winning poet argues that blackness acts as the caesura between human and nonhuman, man and animal.

Throughout U.S. history, black people have been configured as sociolegal nonpersons, a subgenre of the human. Being Property Once Myself delves into the literary imagination and ethical concerns that have emerged from this experience. Each chapter tracks a specific animal figure—the rat, the cock, the mule, the dog, and the shark—in the works of black authors such as Richard Wright, Toni Morrison, Zora Neale Hurston, Jesmyn Ward, and Robert Hayden. The plantation, the wilderness, the kitchenette overrun with pests, the simultaneous valuation and sale of animals and enslaved people—all are sites made unforgettable by literature in which we find black and animal life in fraught proximity.

‘Persepolis’ Author to Kick Off Leslie Center for the Humanities Speaker Series

From Dartmouth News, September 29, 2016

Marlon James, left, Marjane Satrapi, and Jonathan Franzen are among the writers and artists visiting campus this year in the Leslie Center for the Humanities’ speaker series.

Iranian-born graphic novelist and filmmaker Marjane Satrapi, the author of Persepolis, will be on campus Oct. 6 to give a public talk at 4 p.m. in 105 Dartmouth Hall. She will meet with students in Occom Commons immediately afterward.

Satrapi’s talk kicks off a series of literary and artistic visits sponsored by the Leslie Center for the Humanities. “We are dedicated to bringing in voices from a diversity of cultures, from within and without the United Sates,” says Graziella Parati, the center’s director.