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Saturday, April 30 • 9:30am - 10:30am
'She was come back to her early sea-town home:' Sylvia Plath & the North Shore FILLING

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If we are culturally obsessed with Sylvia Plath, then we are more culturally obsessed with her death, and the famous "Ariel" poems of that time. But less is known, or discussed, about Plath's origins in Winthrop, Massachusetts, where she lived until she was 8 years old, and which occupied a permanent, and enormous, place in her poetic imagination. This panel discussion will examine the rich and complex role the landscape, mythology, and culture of Massachusetts' North Shore played in Plath's life, and life's work, with at least the partial intention of refocusing the cultural discussion from Plath's tragic death to her remarkable life. Panelists include Karen V. Kukil, the curator of the Smith College rare book room, and the editor of the acclaimed edition of Plath's Unabridged Journals.

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Emily Van Duyne

Assistant Professor of Writing, Stockton University
I am assistant professor of Writing at Stockton University, where I am also affiliated faculty in the Women's, Gender, & Sexuality Studies Program. I write regularly about poetry, feminist theory, single motherhood, and the plight of contingent faculty in academia. My work has appeared... Read More →

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Kathleen Aguero

Writer: "Self Portrait as Geranium"Dancer: Betsy Miller
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Karen V. Kukil

Karen V. Kukil curates the Virginia Woolf and Sylvia Plath collections at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts. She also teaches in the Archives Concentration program and is the editor of the Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath (2000) and coeditor of the forthcoming Letters... Read More →

Saturday April 30, 2016 9:30am - 10:30am EDT
Hawthorne Library Hawthorne Hotel, 18 Washington Square W, Salem, MA 01970