Sherry to discuss WWI literature as part of McGillicuddy Humanities Center symposium

The Clement and Linda McGillicuddy Humanities Center at the University of Maine will welcome Vincent Sherry, a leading scholar of modernism and the literature of World War I, to campus Nov. 15 and 16.

Sherry will deliver a lecture on “Modernism in Wartime: Avant-Gardes, Revolutions, Poetries” at 3 p.m. Nov. 16 in Hill Auditorium, Barrows Hall.

In addition to his talk, Sherry will visit classes and hold a colloquium on modernism and its aftermath at 12:30 p.m. Nov. 15 in the UMaine Writing Center, Neville Hall, Room 402. Faculty, graduate students and undergraduates are welcome.

Sherry is the Howard Nemerov Professor in the Humanities and Chair of the Department of English at Washington University in St. Louis. He is an expert in the literature and history of World War I, especially modern British and Irish literature. As author and editor, he has published many books, including “Modernism and the Reinvention of Decadence,” “Cambridge History of Modernism,” “The Great War and the Language of Modernism,” and the upcoming “A Literary History of the European War of 1914–1918.”

Sherry’s visit to UMaine coincides almost exactly with the 100th anniversary of the Armistice formally ending the hostilities of the first global war.

His visit is one in a series of events comprising the McGillicuddy Humanities Center’s 2018–2019 humanities symposium, titled “War Without End: The Legacies of World War I.” The symposium features lectures, panels and cultural events to explore the rich and complicated inheritance of the war.

The center will continue to host speakers and events on the lasting impact of WWI through the spring 2019 semester. All events are free and open to the public. UMaine’s Center for Poetry and Poetics contributed support for Sherry’s visit.

For more information or to request a reasonable accommodation, email Zachary Rockwell Ludington, or Laura Cowan,