Travisano to Present Friday's Faculty Lecture Series

May 4, 2011

Professor of English Thomas Travisano will present this month's Faculty Lecture Series at 4 p.m. Friday, May 6, in Eaton Lounge, Bresee Hall.

In "The Life and Art of Elizabeth Bishop: A Biographer's Notebook," Travisano will report on his work as a 2010 Winifred D. Wandersee Scholar-in-Residence.

Actively engaged in Elizabeth Bishop studies since its very beginnings, Travisano's 2008 edition, Words in Air: The Complete Correspondence Between Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell, was an international hit. Most recently, a collection of 17 essays he co-edited, titled Elizabeth Bishop in the 21st Century, has been accepted by the University of Virginia Press and will appear in 2012. He is now embarking on a full-scale biography of Bishop, and his research will require him to revisit many of the places Bishop lived in and wrote about, including Brazil, Nova Scotia, Boston, Vassar College, Greenwich Village, and her birthplace of Worcester, MA. Earlier this spring, Travisano visited Key West, where Bishop spent more than a decade in the 1930s and 1940s. His talk will focus on his Key West research and on some of the fresh perspectives he gained from trying to look through Bishop's eyes at a world she brought to life decades earlier in some of her best poetry, prose, and correspondence.

Travisano's lecture is the eighth and final discussion of the 2010-11 academic year. Since September, faculty members have discussed their recent research in their fields, focusing on art, literature, mathematics, social movements, chemistry, and history. The 2011-12 Faculty Lecture Series will be announced during summer 2011.

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