Politics and Literature at the Dawn Of World War II
Lecture by James Heffernan, Professor of English Emeritus, Dartmouth College
Friday, November 11, 2022
Wren Room of Sanborn House (Sanborn 104) - view on campus map
Since Vladimir Putin's invasion of Ukraine has brazenly re-enacted what Adolph Hitler did to Czechoslovakia and Poland in "the long 1939," we do well to remember how the imminence and outbreak of World War II ignited the imagination of poets such as W.H. Auden, whose “September 1, 1939” - named for the day on which Germany invaded Poland - is the chief topic of this lecture.
James Heffernan’s latest book, Politics and Literature at the Dawn of World War II, will be published in December by Bloomsbury Academic.
This lecture is sponsored by the Department of English and Creative Writing, the Department of History, and the Leslie Center for the Humanities.