Thursday, April 12, 2018 at 4:30pm
Goldwin Smith Hall, Hollis E. Cornell Auditorium (132 GSH)
232 East Ave, Central Campus
Cornell University Department of English and the 2017-18 Environmental Humanities Lecture Series present:
The Wendy Rosenthal Gellman Lecture on Modern Literature
by Lawrence Buell (Harvard University)
Lawrence Buell is Powell M. Cabot Professor of American Literature Emeritus at Harvard University. He is especially known as an authority on the American Transcendentalists, as an historian and critic of American literature from the nineteenth-century to the present, and as a founder and leader of Ecocriticism, or literature-and-environment studies. A former Guggenheim and Mellon Foundation Fellow and two-time National Endowment for the Humanities senior research fellow, he was the 2007 recipient of the Jay Hubbell Medal for Lifetime Achievement in American Literary studies. Buell’s books include Literary Transcendentalism; New England Literary Culture; The Environmental Imagination: Thoreau, Nature Writing, and the Formation of American Culture; Writing for an Endangered World, which won the John Cawelti Prize for the year’s best book in American Culture Studies; Emerson, which won the Phi Beta Kappa Society’s Christian Gauss Award for outstanding literary criticism; The Future of Environmental Criticism; and The Dream of the Great American Novel. He earned his A.B. at Princeton and his Ph.D. from Cornell, both in English, and taught for many years at Oberlin College. He retired from Harvard in 2011.
The Gellman Lecture, featuring a distinguished scholar of modern literature, was established by a generous gift from Wendy Rosenthal Gellman ‘81, who majored in English at Cornell.
This lecture is part of the 2017-18 Environmental Humanities Lecture Series organized by Anindita Banerjee of Comparative Literature and George Hutchinson of English and the Knight Institute. The series is sponsored by the Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future, the College of Arts and Sciences, the Society for the Humanities, the Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies, the departments of English, Comparative Literature, and Science and Technology Studies, and the American Studies Program
~ Reception to follow in the English Lounge, 258 Goldwin Smith Hall ~