Saturday, September 6, 2014

Spring is Bringing Greatness: A Lecture on Lewis Carroll Coming 2015

Joseph Thomas, the Director of SDSU's National Center for the Study of Literature, interrupts your regularly scheduled web surfing for this important message:

Great news! Noted poet, musician, scholar, & Words with Friends player Michael Heyman has confirmed that he will journey from the snurfish lerds of Boston to the ersatz shores of San Diego to give a public lecture on Lewis Carroll this spring (2015) for SDSU's National Center for the Study of Children's Literature! Evidently the Alice books are turning, like, twenty nine or something, so Carroll fever is spreading like a kinder, gentler Ebola virus across the Southland.

Lecture date to be announced!

Michael Heyman will join the malfuscant ranks of poets and scholars like Yetta Howard,Charles Hatfield, Kate Capshaw, Richard FlynnKenneth Kidd (did he end up doing one? I can't remember--he did something, tho), & many others ... ** O frabjuous play! O merciless lay! Let ring your horns, let blare your rings! Spring's a coming! Spring's a coming! And so's that Heyman kid!

**For example, Marah Gubar gave a fantastic NCSCL sponsored talk a few years ago, as did poet, scholar, librarian, and writer of Eldritch fictions Michael Joseph. The brilliant Leonard S. Marcus is also among this esteemed crew; as are Pamela Ryan, Gene Luen Yang, Gary Soto, and a slew of others!**

Related Resources:

News about the world-wide celebration of the 150th anniversary of the first publication of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

SDSU's Alice Mural Restoration

SDSU Theatre Department's Performance of Margaret Larlham's adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s Alice In Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass

Info on Michael Heyman, visiting lecturer extraordinaire


  1. I think the reference to the ebola virus in this post is in very poor taste

  2. It's not a reference to the ebola virus per se, Mark. It's a whimsical framing of Eliot's famous "patient etherized upon a table" metaphor in "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufock." The point of the reference is to ludically criticize Eliot's aspirations for metaphysical poetry, a way of claiming "nonsense" (which is what Michael Heyman studies) as a kind of post-metaphysical study. But I can see your point and understand why you reacted as you did, missing the point and all.