Between now and the start of our Lost New York conference on Oct 2-3, we’ll be posting additional information on each of our sessions and featured speakers. First up: Our opening plenary on New Amsterdam and its cultural legacies. Here’s the panel as it appears on the program:
FRIDAY, 2 OCT
4:00 PM — OPENING PLENARY: RECLAIMING THE DUTCH (Fales Library, 70 Wash Sq South, 3rd floor)
Joanne van der Woude (Harvard University), “Knickerbocker’s Archive: How Writings from New Netherland Shaped American Literature”
Elizabeth Bradley (New York Public Library), “The Great Knickerbocker Hoax: Washington Irving and the Creation of Old New York”
Lytle Shaw (New York University), “New Amsterdam’s Chadwijks”
And here’s a more in-depth version:
Joanne van der Woude is an assistant professor in the English Department and the Committee on Degrees in History and Litertaure at Harvard. She’s also on the faculty of Harvard’s graduate Program in the History of American Civilization. She’s the author of a monograph, currently under review for publication, titled Becoming Colonial: Indians, Immigrants, and Early American Aesthetics, and she’s at work on a new book about religion and poetry in the colonial Americas. A Dutch native, she received her Ph.D. from the University of Virginia in 2007 and was a member of the Columbia University Society of Fellows before beginning at Harvard.
Elizabeth Bradley is deputy director at the New York Public Library’s Dorothy and Lewis Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers. With a Ph.D. in English and American literature from NYU, she is the author of Knickerbocker: The Myth Behind New York and the editor of the Penguin Classics edition of Washington Irving’s A History of New York. She is also the author of the chapter “Dutch New York from Irving to Wharton” in our forthcoming Cambridge Companion to the Literature of New York. Her writing and reviews have appeared in several publications, including BookForum.
Lytle Shaw, our colleague, is an associate professor in NYU’s English department, where he teaches courses in 20th- and 21st-century poetry. He took his Ph.D. in 2000 from UC Berkeley and is the author of Frank O’Hara: The Poetics of Coterie. He is also a contributor to our Cambridge Companion (“Whitman’s Urbanism), a contributing editor at Cabinet; a founder and co-editor of Shark; and the founder and curator of the Line Reading Series at The Drawing Center, for whom he edited the collection 19 Lines: A Drawing Center Writing Anthology. His books of poetry include Low Level Bureaucratic Structures: A Novel, Cable Factory 20, and The Lobe. With the artist Jimbo Blachly he is the editor of The Chadwick Family Papers; their installations and performances related to the Chadwicks include shows at Wave Hill and Winkleman Gallery.