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David Bromwich, “Moral Imagination”

The Edward W. Said Memorial Lecture

dateApril 17, 2007 timeTuesday, 6:15pm EDT location The Schapiro Center, Davis Auditorium, Columbia University
  • Free and open to the public
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"Moral Imagination"
Tuesday, 17 April 6:15pm

David Bromwich, Sterling Professor of English at Yale University, is a renowned authority on Romantic and modern poetry, and on the history of literary criticism. His publications include Hazlitt: The Mind of a Critic, about metaphysician, painter, critic and essayist William Hazlitt, 1778-1830, which was a National Book Critics Circle finalist in 1984; Disowned by Memory: Wordsworth's Poetry of the 1790s; and A Choice of Inheritance: Self and Community from Edmund Burke to Robert Frost.

His book Politics by Other Means: Higher Education and Group Thinking examines the ideological debate over liberal arts education, and his Skeptical Music: Essays on Modern Poetry won the 2002 PEN Spielvogel/Diamonstein Prize as the year's best book of essays by an American.

He is also editor of Romantic Critical Essays and On Empire, Liberty and Reform: Speeches and Letters of Edmund Burke and co-editor of the Yale Press edition of On Liberty by John Stuart Mill.

Bromwich is a frequent contributor to academic journals, and his reviews and articles have appeared in such publications as The New York Times, The New Republic and New York Review of Books.

A fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Bromwich received the 2000 Award for Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters in recognition of his body of work. His other honors include a Guggenheim Fellowship, Yale's Prize Teaching Fellowship and appointed lectureships at Columbia and Princeton universities and the University of Iowa.

Bromwich is co-editor (with James Chandler and Lionel Gossman) of Princeton University Press' Literature in History series; was a consultant for National Public Radio's "Poets in Person" series in 1988; and served as film critic for The New Leader 1993-1994. A member of the executive council of the Association of Literary Scholars and Critics 1999-2002, Bromwich serves on the editorial board of the Journal of the History of Ideas, Raritan and Dissent.