Frank Lentricchia, an American novelist, literary critic and professor of literature and film studies at Duke University, will read from his works on Tuesday, Oct. 27, at 8 p.m., in Dwight Lounge, Bristol Center. The lecture is sponsored by the English and Creative Writing Department and is free and open to the public.
Lentricchia’s major publications include The Gaiety of Language: An Essay on the Radical Poetics of W.B. Yeats and Wallace Stevens , Robert Frost: Modern Poetics and the Landscapes of Self, and After the New Criticism. After innovative work as a scholar and literary critic, he changed his focus to fiction. He has since written a number of novels exploring the complexities of ethnic and artistic identity, mostly set in his home town of Utica, New York, where he was born to working class parents.
Lentricchia received his Ph.D. from Duke University and is now the Katherine Everett Gilbert professor of literature and film studies there. He has taught at UCLA, UC Irvine and Rice. His chief interests lie in American literature, history of poetry, modernism, the aesthetics of reading, and the history and theory of criticism.