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D’Youville’s Emily Dickinson Scholar to Present at Morgan Library and Museum

D’Youville’s Emily Dickinson Scholar to Present at Morgan Library and Museum

Buffalo, New York – January 26, 2017 – Dr. Marta L. Werner, professor of English at D’Youville College and nationally-known Emily Dickinson scholar, is participating in the current exhibition titled I’m Nobody! Who are you? The Life and Poetry of Emily Dickinson at the Morgan Library and Museum, 225 Madison Avenue in New York.

The exhibition, running through May 28, 2017, is one of the largest gatherings ever of prime Dickinson relics, “turning the Morgan into a pilgrimage site, a literary Lourdes, a place to come in contact with one aspect of American culture that truly can claim greatness …,” according to the museum newsletter.

Dr. Werner, along with poet and essayist Susan Howe, will present a lecture and lead a discussion centered on Dickinson’s unique manuscript practice. They will “chart the visual and sonic topographies of her poetry and letters, while also raising questions about writing, the limits of privacy, and the indecipherable nature of final intentions.”

The presentation will be held Friday, February 10 at 6:30 PM.

According to the catalog, The Networked Recluse: The Connected World of Emily Dickinson, the show has a mission: “To give 21st-century audiences a fresh take on Dickinson. Gone is the white-gowned Puritan nun, and that infantilized charmer, the Belle of Amherst. At the Morgan we get a different Dickinson, a person among people: a member of a household, a village-dweller, a citizen.”

In the catalog, Dr. Werner analyzes the visual nature of the manuscripts.

Dr. Werner joined D’Youville in 1999 as an assistant professor of English and has received numerous honors and awards over the years.

Her research focuses on manuscript studies and a number of her papers have been published over the years including The Gorgeous Nothings: Emily Dickinson’s Envelope Poems, a collaboration with visual artist and poet Jen Bervin.

In 2013, she served as the author/editor of a special issue of the Emily Dickinson Electronic Archives 2 and has been active on the lecture circuit.

A summa cum laude graduate of Ithaca College, Dr. Warner earned her master’s degree and doctorate at the State University at Buffalo.


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