Writing History Event: Elisa New, March 22 at Yale

The Writing History colloquium invites you to save the date for a discussion of history, memory, and family stories:

Elisa New
Professor of English, Harvard University
“Jacob’s Cane: A Jewish Family’s Journey from the Four Lands of Lithuania to the Ports of London and Baltimore; a Memoir in Five Generations”
Monday 22 March 2010, 4 p.m., room TBA
All are welcome

Praised as “an imaginative recreation of two vanished worlds,” and “a moving and powerful memoir, weaving together past and present, public and private,” Jacob’s Cane (2009) is Elisa New’s exploration of a Jewish history spanning continents and generations.  It considers the challenges of uncovering a family past often at odds with conventional narratives of the immigrant experience; the intersection of private lives and larger historical currents; and choices of voice and poetics used to convey these stories.  A striking change from New’s previous research and writings on American literature, it will be the subject of a wide-ranging conversation about the past and its tellings.

Elisa New is Professor of English at Harvard University, where she teaches American literature with special interest in American poetry; American literature to 1900; and religion and literature.  Her work includes The Line’s Eye: Poetic Experience, American Sight (1999); and The Regenerate Lyric: Theology and Innovation in American Poetry (1993).

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