CSU, Chico News

‘Modern Dying’ Topic for Award-winning Literary Critic

Date: 03-12-2010

Joe Wills
Public Affairs

Award-winning professor, literary critic and poet Sandra Gilbert will be speaking at California State University, Chico on “Modern Death, Millennial Mourning” in Ayres 120 on Wednesday, March 24 at 8 p.m.

Her talk is part of the Humanities Center’s year-long theme “Memory, Nostalgia, Ruins.”

A reception will follow the talk in the Humanities Center Gallery, Trinity 100.

Gilbert is the author of “Death’s Door: Modern Dying and the Ways We Grieve.” Her chapter “Elegies Upon the Dying” will appear in the forthcoming Oxford Handbook of the Elegy.

Gilbert is professor emerita of English at UC Davis, as well as an influential literary critic and poet who has published widely in the fields of feminist literary criticism, feminist theory and psychoanalytic criticism. In 1979 she co-authored with Susan Gubar “The Madwoman in the Attic,” a landmark text central to second-wave feminism.

Gilbert is a former president of the Modern Language Association. She has been a recipient of Guggenheim, Rockefeller, NEH and Soros Foundation fellowships and has held residencies at Yaddo, MacDowell, Bellagio and Bogliasco.

Recently, Gilbert has won a Patterson Prize (for “Ghost Volcano”), an American Book Award (for “Kissing the Bread”), the John Ciardi Award for Lifetime Achievement in Poetry (from the Italian-American Foundation), the Premio Lerici Pea awarded by the Liguri nel Mondo association and several awards from Poetry magazine.