Taylor Hagood, Ph.D.

LLS Distinguished Professor of Arts and Letters 2013–2014


Literature

Taylor Hagood, Ph.D., was the 2013–2014 Lifelong Learning Society Distinguished Professor of Arts and Letters and is Professor of American Literature at Florida Atlantic University. He received his Ph.D. in United States Literature and Culture from the University of Mississippi, where he was the Frances Bell McCool Fellow in Faulkner Studies. Professor Hagood has authored four books: “Faulkner’s Imperialism: Space, Place, and the Materiality of Myth”; “Secrecy, Magic, and the One-Act Plays of Harlem Renaissance Women Writers”; “Faulkner, Writer of Disability” (winner of the C. Hugh Holman Award for Best Book in Southern Studies); and “Following Faulkner: The Critical Response to Yoknapatawpha’s Architect.” In 2009–2010, he was a Fulbright Professor in the Amerika Institut at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich, Germany, and he was awarded the 2010–2011 Scholar of the Year Award at the Assistant Professor level.

Hagood Plays the Blues (Video Recording)

Performance recorded in winter 2020 term.

Based on the success of the Million Dollar Quartet program, Taylor Hagood is back with live singing and playing along with lecture in an entertaining and educational experience. This time, the focus is the blues, with a look at the foundations of this uniquely American musical form from New Orleans and the Mississippi Delta, following such diverse artists as Bessie Smith, Louis Armstrong, Mahalia Jackson, Muddy Waters and B. B. King.

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Course # WNR4V — One Time Event
Place:Auditorium, Lifelong Learning Complex, Jupiter Campus
Dates:Tuesday, August 25 2020
Time:4 - 4:30 PM
Fee:$35 / member; $45 / non-member

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The Arthurian Legend (Video-on-Demand)

The legend of the great King Arthur has brought the world a fund of wonderfully romantic stories about ladies fair, honorable knights, beautiful castles, and an ideal of chivalry. This series of lectures will trace the development of the Arthurian legend, from its obscure origins through major works in both the English and French traditions, all the way to contemporary versions of the legend.
Four Lectures
  1. Beginnings - The legend of Arthur seems to have begun in Roman times with accounts from Bede and Geoffrey of Monmouth.
  2. Medieval Stories - Sir Thomas Malory and Chrétien de Troyes brought many Arthurian stories together into romantic tales.
  3. Victorian Arthur - Alfred Lord Tennyson and the Pre-Raphaelites envisioned the Arthurian legend anew.
  4. Modern and Contemporary Arthur - From T.H. White and the musical Camelot to recent films, the Arthurian legend continues to be compelling.

Course # S4M3V — First 4 Weeks
Place:Auditorium, Lifelong Learning Complex, Jupiter Campus
Dates:Saturdays, August 1, 8, 15, 22 2020
Time:2:30 - 4 PM
Fee:$50 / member; $65 / non-member

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The Arthurian Legend

The legend of the great King Arthur has brought the world a fund of wonderfully romantic stories about ladies fair, honorable knights, beautiful castles, and an ideal of chivalry. This series of lectures will trace the development of the Arthurian legend, from its obscure origins through major works in both the English and French traditions, all the way to contemporary versions of the legend.
Four Lectures
  1. Beginnings - The legend of Arthur seems to have begun in Roman times with accounts from Bede and Geoffrey of Monmouth.
  2. Medieval Stories - Sir Thomas Malory and Chrétien de Troyes brought many Arthurian stories together into romantic tales.
  3. Victorian Arthur - Alfred Lord Tennyson and the Pre-Raphaelites envisioned the Arthurian legend anew.
  4. Modern and Contemporary Arthur - From T.H. White and the musical Camelot to recent films, the Arthurian legend continues to be compelling.

Course # S4M3 — First 4 Weeks
Place:Auditorium, Lifelong Learning Complex, Jupiter Campus
Dates:Mondays, March 16, 23, 30; April 6 2020
Time:2:30 - 4 PM
Fee:$50 / member; $65 / non-member

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Howard Thurston: Magician Extraordinaire (Video on Demand)

Drawing on his association with magic, Taylor Hagood brings alive the life story and performances of one of the greatest magicians of the turn of the 20th century. Howard Thurston began life poor but became one of the wealthiest performers of his time, a rival of Houdini himself. Known for his masterful manipulation of cards and stager of wondrous illusions, Thurston entertained thousands. In this one-time event, Hagood will present Thurston’s story and Thurston’s signature manipulations with cards.

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Video link will be in class' lecture notes. Click here to learn how to access lecture notes for registered classes.
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Course # S1T2V — One Time Event
Place:Auditorium, Lifelong Learning Complex, Jupiter Campus
Dates:Friday, August 28 2020
Time:2:30 - 3 PM
Fee:$30 / member; $35 / non-member

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Howard Thurston: Magician Extraordinaire

Drawing on his association with magic, Taylor Hagood brings alive the life story and performances of one of the greatest magicians of the turn of the 20th century. Howard Thurston began life poor but became one of the wealthiest performers of his time, a rival of Houdini himself. Known for his masterful manipulation of cards and stager of wondrous illusions, Thurston entertained thousands. In this one-time event, Hagood will present Thurston’s story and Thurston’s signature manipulations with cards.

Click here for a video preview.

Video link will be in class' lecture notes. Click here to learn how to access lecture notes for registered classes.
Register Early! There is a $5 charge for registering on the day of a one-time lecture or event.

Course # S1T2 — One Time Event
Place:Auditorium, Lifelong Learning Complex, Jupiter Campus
Dates:Tuesday, April 21 2020
Time:2:30 - 4 PM
Fee:$30 / member; $35 / non-member

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Hagood Reads the Phone Book: Charleston

Lecture recorded in Fall 2019 term.
Recorded lecture will be available on June 5, 2020.


In this new installment in the phone book series, Taylor Hagood will bring alive one of the most graceful cities of the United States. Few places in the country can match the history and panache of Charleston, South Carolina. From important battle sites to haunted gardens, from great eateries to clothing stores that have made this city the bestdressed, and, with interesting citizens both famous and obscure, real and imagined, this one-time event will present this beautiful and magical place.

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Video link will be in class' lecture notes. Click here to learn how to access lecture notes for registered classes.
Register Early! There is a $5 charge for registering on the day of a one-time lecture or event.

Course # F1M2V — One Time Event
Place:Auditorium, Lifelong Learning Complex, Jupiter Campus
Dates:Monday, August 24 2020
Time:9 - 10:30 PM
Fee:$30 / member; $35 / non-member

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