LITERARY ENCOUNTERS WITH MORE THAN HUMAN WORLD
English professor Christina Root of St. Michael’s College in Vermont, will present a public talk at The Nature Institute drawing on her extensive research into using Goethe’s phenomenological method to illuminate the ecological elements in Romantic and post-Romantic writers. In her talk, Christina will employ two Shakespeare plays (A Midsummer Night’s Dream and King Lear) to illustrate visions of nature that reflect very different kinds of consciousness. Her presentation will articulate the importance of how the creative imagination, focused through Goethean practices of a delicate empiricism, allows us to see differently and, as Wordsworth said, “see into the life of things.”
No previous knowledge of the Shakespeare plays is necessary.
Free and open to the public; donations warmly appreciated.