FAU Lifelong Learning Society, Jupiter
Taylor Hagood, Ph.D.
LLS Distinguished Professor of Arts and Letters 2013–2014 


Taylor Hagood, Ph.D., is the 2013-2014 Lifelong Learning Society Distinguished Professor of Arts and Letters and Associate Professor of American Literature at Florida Atlantic University. Receiving his Ph.D. in United States Literature and Culture from the University of Mississippi, where he was the Frances Bell McCool Fellow in Faulkner Studies, Dr. Hagood has authored two books: “Faulkner’s Imperialism: Space, Place, and the Materiality of Myth” and “Secrecy, Magic, and the One-Act Plays of Harlem Renaissance Women Writers.” In 2009-2010, he was a Fulbright Professor in the Amerika Institut at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich, Germany, and he was awarded the 2010-2011 Scholar of the Year Award at the Assistant Professor level.

Poe’s Raven

No single work in Edgar Allan Poe’s lifetime brought him so much recognition as his poem, “The Raven.” The poem was immediately recognized as a classic, and Poe became a celebrity not only as the author of the poem but also for his recitation of it for audiences both public and private, small and large. The poem in fact was a powerful touchstone for both Poe’s life and his aesthetic principles — through examination of its background, its publication, its reception, and Poe’s later writing about how he composed it, we can find one of the vital keys to Poe’s own life and times. This lecture therefore will consider Poe’s life and historical and artistic moment via this central work and will culminate with a reading in the spirit of Poe’s own public rendering of it.

Lecture # F1M2
Register early! There is a $5 charge for registering on the day of a One-Time Lecture or Event.
  Place:Lifelong Learning Complex, Jupiter Campus
  Dates:Monday, October 13, 2014
  Time:2:15–3:45 p.m.
  Fee:$25/member; $35/non-member