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Art & Literary Festival: Free Lectures
October 19 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm CDT
One event on October 19, 2023 at 6:00 pm
One event on October 22, 2023 at 6:00 pm
A series of free lectures will be presented at the Joslyn Castle prior to “Hemingway and the Lost Generation” ticketed productions. Registration is not required. Doors will open at 5:45pm and the reading begins at 6pm and concludes at 7pm. Those attending the evening’s ticketed theatrical performance are welcome to stay through the 7:30pm show time.
OCT 15 – “How to Tell a War Story: Hemingway and Cather in Conversation” with Tracy Tucker of the Willa Cather Center
OCT 19 – “The 1920s, How It Ruined Poetry For The Rest Of Us” with Nebraska State Poet Matt Mason
OCT 22 – “The 1920s, How It Ruined Poetry For The Rest Of Us” with Nebraska State Poet Matt Mason
“How to Tell a War Story: Hemingway and Cather in Conversation” Though Willa Cather and Ernest Hemingway share many early influences—a Great Plains upbringing, early journalistic experience, and widespread critical and public acclaim for their work—they didn’t know each other and often did not share artistic sensibilities. One of their most notorious “disagreements,” if it can be deemed one when the two parties don’t speak to each other, is over Cather’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, One of Ours. Hemingway didn’t like Cather’s depictions of war, suggesting her inspiration came from movies. That may be a somewhat reductive opinion, and we’ll explore both Cather’s real influences and examples from Hemingway’s most famous war stories, as we discuss the ways Hemingway was both right and wrong in his assessment of Cather’s novel One of Ours.
“The 1920s, How It Ruined Poetry For The Rest Of Us” Many of us don’t like poetry these days. But over 100 years ago, it was seen as a form of entertainment, read for pleasure, memorized for fun. But critics took over and narrowed what people saw as poetry, leading to a downward spiral in the broader public’s interest in poetry.
This event is part of the 14th annual Art & Literary Festival presented by The Castle & Cathedral District and Metropolitan Community College. This year the festival honors Hemingway & the Lost Generation, presenting dramatic excerpts from works by Earnest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Viginia Woolf, and Gertrude Stein. For the first time ever, the Art & Literary Festival is being presented district-wide across the newly-formed Castle & Cathedral District! The festival includes a robust itinerary of poetry workshops, lectures, readings, and of course, a full theatrical presentation throughout the Joslyn Castle. Many of these opportunities are presented free to the community. For full festival information, and to register for or buy tickets to specific events, visit the festival website at https://joslyncastle.com/events/special-events/art-and-literary-festival-2023.html.