The University of Iowa

Materialism and metaphysics in Walcott’s poetry is topic of April 29 lecture

April 25th, 2011

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Death and spirituality in the poetry of Derek Walcott, winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1992, will be discussed in an upcoming lecture at 1 p.m. Friday, April 29, in 315 Phillips Hall. The talk is free and open to the public.

George Handley will be speaking on “The Metaphysics of Nature in the Poetry of Derek Walcott.” He will focus on the clash between materialism and metaphysics in the natural world in Walcott’s recent poetry, as well as in some of his unpublished work.

Handley is professor of humanities at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah.

This is the second talk in the two-part lecture series “Island Topographies: Mapping Caribbean Ecopoetics” from the University of Iowa Caribbean, Diaspora and Atlantic Studies Program.

This lecture is sponsored by the Caribbean, Diaspora and Atlantic Studies Program, the European Studies Group, both in UI International Programs; and the UI departments of Cinema and Comparative Literature, English, and Spanish and Portuguese, all in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

For more information, visit or contact Anny Curtius at or 319-335-2261.