Annual Duffy Lecture: On Obscurity: Poetry, Nightlife, and Negative Sociability


Location: McKenna Hall

Daniel Tiffany, professor of English and comparative literature, University of Southern California

Tiffany has written a number of books about modern and contemporary poetics, including Radio Corpse (about Ezra Pound), Toy Medium, and, most recently, Infidel Poetics: Riddles, Nightlife, Substance. His talk will be drawn from Infidel Poetics, a book that deals with obscurity and subcultures.

The annual Joseph M. Duffy Lecture series was founded in 1993 and honors Professor Duffy (1924–1988), who taught at the University of Notre Dame from 1954 to 1988. A great teacher and scholar, he counted among his students James Chandler and J. Dudley Andrew.

The event will be followed by the Duffy reception in the McKenna Hall atrium.