Treasures and Tea: Talking Back to The(ir) Archive: Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes
During each of their lifetimes, the poets Sylvia Plath (1932-1963) and Ted Hughes (1930-1998) amassed a significant archive. Collected and constructed in the years both before and after their marriage (1956-1962), their archives are noisy bodies of information that encompass multiple drafts, letters, financial documentation, photographs, and ephemera. But how do they correspond to each other? And how do they talk to the larger body of the archive itself? Using examples from the University of Victoria Libraries Special Collections, and discussing her own research with both Plath and Hughes’ archives, librarian and Plath scholar Christine Walde will discuss some of the features and unique characteristics of these important literary archives.
Time : 12:30 p.m.
Place: Room A003, Mearns Centre for Learning – McPherson Library