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Fayerweather Hall, Pruyne Lecture Hall (115)

Poet, critic and educator Mark Wunderlich will present a lecture and discussion about the work of the poet Rainer Maria Rilke. This lecture will focus on the importance of angels in Rilke’s poetics, and the significance of the supernatural in Rilke’s work and life. The role of angels in Rilke’s masterwork Duino Elegies will be discussed in depth. Wunderlich will also be reading from these poems in the original German to convey the sonic qualities of the work. Connections between Rilke’s work and the work of other writers and artists, including the painter Paul Klee, will be discussed.

Mark Wunderlich is the director of Bennington College's MFA creative writing program, and his poetry has been widely published, including four books. Rilke is central to his poetry, and he has published essays about Rilke, including “Journey to Duino” in the Poetry Review (2023). He is currently at work on a book about reading Rilke to be called Neighboring Solitudes. He has also taught courses and lectured extensively about Rilke.

Karen Remmler, professor emerita, Mount Holyoke College, will serve as interlocutor. Her writing and research centers on the work of memory, the dead and their afterlives in the work of Walter Benjamin, W.G. Sebald and Forensic Architecture.

This lecture will be open to the public.

Contact Info

Heather Ruggeri
(413) 542-2365
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