Readings & Writers: “Death and Desire in Dickinson and Rossetti” offered today.

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“Death and Desire in Dickinson and Rossetti”, the School of Arts and Letters Faculty Colloquium, offered from 3:40-4:40 p.m. today, Jan. 29. Writing in an era when women's bodies were covered, confined and often endangered, Dickinson and Rossetti affirmed female desire and the value of the body. English and philosophy double major Ashley Etter '22 will examine Dickinson's reconsideration of the female's role in traditional narratives of sin and shame and her engagement, above all, with questions about selfhood and identity. Associate Professor of English Stephanie Johnson, PhD, will discuss the complications of the erotic for Rossetti’s devotional poetry. Despite their dissimilar bodies of work, Rossetti, in England, and Dickinson, in America, both represented artistic and theological authority for women in the nineteenth century. The 40-minute talk will be followed by a question-and-answer session. It's free. Go to to register.



Title: "The Hurricane Code"


Author: James Aura

Synopsis: Powerful Category 7 hurricanes drive millions north toward Canada as extreme heat fuels extreme weather. The Hurricane Code follows three groups, rich and poor alike who seek escape in Canada and Alaska, only to find danger of another kind as they travel north. Climate fiction set in the year 2099.

Publisher: Amazon publishing

Cost: $13.18 paperback; $3.91 kindle



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