CONTACT: JANE HOSHI
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Iowa City IA 52242
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Walt Whitman and 19th century photography focus of Sat. scholars
program Nov. 14
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Snapshot poetry or poetic snapshots? Ed Folsom,
professor of English, presents "Photo-Sensitive: Walt Whitman and
Nineteenth Century Photography" during this year's final Saturday
Scholars: Tailgating for the Mind program at 9 a.m., Nov. 14, Room 40,
Schaeffer Hall. Folsom will explore how Walt Whitman composed a poetry
that was "photographic" in its ways of seeing and describing
"The advent of photography brought a variety of changes to America
from the time it first appeared (1840) through the rest of the century,"
Folsom said. "Photography changed Americans' perception of their
country and themselves, demanding finally a more democratic definition
An internationally recognized scholar of Walt Whitman, Folsom has been
editor of the Walt Whitman Quarterly Review since 1983. He is the author
of one book on Whitman, "Walt Whitman's Native Representations"
(Cambridge University Press, 1994) and the editor of five collections of
essays. Folsom will present 130 photos of the American writer Walt Whitman,
the most photographed writer of the century at this Saturday's program.
The program is free and open to the public. Coffee and donuts will
be served. This is the sixth and final program of this year's "Saturday
Scholars: Tailgating for the Mind" series sponsored by the University
of Iowa College of Liberal Arts.