Huang-Tiller to lecture on poet E. E. Cummings at UVa-Wise April 19

Gillian Huang-Tiller, associate professor of English at The University of Virginia’s College at Wise, will lecture on “The Poetics of Nothingness and E. E. Cummings’ Post-WWII Sonnetry in Xaipe” on Monday, April 19.

The lecture begins at 1 p.m. in the Chapel of All Faiths. The University of Virginia’s College at Wise Lecture Committee is sponsoring the event.

Huang-Tiller will discuss how the American poet E. E. Cummings uses his 1950 collection “Xaipe” to examine “nothingness” in the wake of cultural catastrophe, the threat of apocalyptic war and spiritual vacuity. Demonstrating that Cummings’ nontraditional sonnets dispel the nihilistic mood of the post-war period to affirm life and meaning, Huang-Tiller concludes that his poetics supplants Nietzsche’s will to power, Sartre’s will to existence against nothingness and Heidegger’s will to being with a will to love.

Huang-Tiller, a contributing editor to “Spring: The Journal of the E. E. Cummings Society,” earned a doctorate in English with an emphasis on modern American literature from the University of Notre Dame. She has published numerous articles on Cummings’ poetry, and is currently at work on “The Power of the Meta-Genre: Cultural, Sexual and Racial Politics of the American Modernist Sonnet,” which examines the poetry of Cummings, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Claude McKay and Countee Cullen.

UVa-Wise students receive cultural credit for attending the lecture.

For more information, contact Christopher Scalia at 276-328-0306.