News & Events from the English Department at Western Michigan University
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Steelman Seeking Eden
On November 4 graduate student Sheridan Steelman presented "Seeking Eden: The Power of Paradox in Andrew Marvell's Poetry" at the Midwest Conference on British Studies, hosted by Indiana State University. Her essay observes that the sacredness of the green world becomes the antithesis of a rude society and therefore medicinal in its purpose: man will only find Paradise if he leaves God’s work untouched. She discusssed Marvell’s poetry in light of colonization and the paradox inherent in man’s need to control.