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Bennington College History: Literature: 1940s Literature Readings and Lectures

A guide to the history of literature at Bennington College

1940s Literature Readings and Lectures

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1947

  • Myth Lecture Series.""Four Lectures on Myth Work at Community Meeting Comprise Series"  The Beacon v1 n1 | Lecture Series - Spring 1947
    • Joseph Campbell. "Myth and Ritual" (1947-03-27)
    • Kenneth Burke. "Ideology and Myth" (1947-03-31) 
    • William Troy "The Myth of the Hero" (1947-04-07) 
  •  Literary Seminar Series. "Faculty Speakers Starred in New Literary Seminar Series" The Beacon v1 n1
    • James Jackson. Reading his short story "The Burnt Lemon" and Stanley Kunitz giving his interpretation. ( 1947-04-14)
    • Vivian Mercier. "James Joyce and his Dublin" (1947-04-21)
    • Stories and poems from the Silo Board. (1947-04-28)
    • Maria Bizzoni. "The French Symbolists" (1947-05-05)
    • Francis Fergusson. Talk on his play "Penelope" (1947-05-12)
    • Stories and poems from the Literature Workshop class. (1947-05-26)
    • Catharine Osgood Foster. "The Elizabethans" (1947-06-02) The Beacon v1 n6 
    • Student Writing. (1947-06-07)
    • Stanley Kunitz.  Talk on his own poetry. (1947-06-09) The Beacon v1 n6 
    • Kenneth Burke: An Analysis of a Poem. (1947-06-16)
    • Pier Maria Pasinetti: A Talk on his short story "Family History" (1947-06-23) The Beacon v1 n7 
    • Peter Drucker: "Literary Expression" (1947-06-30) The Beacon v1 n6 
  • Wallace Fowlie. "The French Literary Mind" (1947-09-15) The Beacon Volume 1 Number 10 
  • Francis Fergusson. Talk on T. S. Eliot's "The Waste Land" (1947-10-08) The Beacon v1 n13 
  • Louis Lyons. "Your Newspapers" (1947-10-30) The Beacon v1 n13 
  • Anaïs Nin (1947-11-06) The Beacon v1 n13 
  • Joint Art-Literature Seminar. "Primitivism" (1947-12-11) The Beacon v1 n16 

1948

1949

  • Shirley Jackson. discussion of her work with Kenneth Burke's Literary Criticism class. Canfield Living Room. (1949-05-17) College Week
  • Ben Belitt, Francis Golffing, Stanley Kunitz, Howard Nemerov read a selection of "certain favorite poems." Poetry Seminar. (1949 spring) Bennington College Alumni Quarterly vol 1. no. 2 Spring 1949 pp 16-17
    • Ben Belitt read: Four sonnets by G. M. Hopkins, Ode to a Nightingale and Ode to a Grecian Urn by John Keats
    • Francis Golffing read: Sins Round and The Wreath by George Herbert, A Drizzly Easter Morning and During Wind and Rain by Thomas Hardy.
    • Stanley Kunitz read: Ash Wednesday by T. S. Eliot and The Circus Animals' Desertion by W. B. Yeats.
    • Howard Nemerov read: The Phoenix and the Turtle by Shakespeare and A Nocturnal upon Saint Lucie's Day
  • Ben Belitt, Francis Golffing, Stanley Kunitz, Howard Nemerov read from their own poems. Poetry Seminar. (1949 spring) Bennington College Alumni Quarterly vol 1. no. 2 Spring 1949 pp 16-17
    • Ben Belitt read poems he has written since Five-Fold Mesh.
    • Stanley Kunitz read poems from Passport to the War
    • Francis Golffing read poems from a forthcoming book. [possibly Poems, 1943–1949]
    • Howard Nemerov read poems from The Image and the Law and from recents editions of Furioso