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Contemporary Innovative Poetry Research Seminar

Instigated by Professor Robert Hampson of the Department of English, Royal Holloway, this seminar is focussed on the poetry and poetics that have been produced in Britain, Ireland and North America over the last fifty years in the modernist tradition. In their editorial for the first issue of the Journal of British Irish Innovative Poetry, Robert Sheppard and Scott Thurston noted the ContemporaryInnovativePoetryResearchSeminarproblem of giving a name to this area of poetry , and listed some of the names that have been applied to it: avant-garde, experimental, formally innovative, linguistically innovative; neo-modernist, post-avant... The Innovative Poetry seminar series does not promise to resolve this problem of naming, but it will offer an engagement with- and exploration of- poetry and poetics of this parallel tradition.

Speakers have included Dr Andrea Brady (QMW), Professor David Herd (Kent), Professor Will Rowe (Birkbeck), Professor Robert Sheppard (Edge Hill), Dr Keston Sutherland (Sussex), Dr Agnieszka Kluba (Polish Academy of Science, Warsaw), Professor Carol Watts (Birkbeck), Professor Jacob Edmonds (University of Otago, NZ), Dr Peter Jaeger (Roehampton), Professor Dorothy Wang, Dr Ian Davidson (Northumbria) and Professor Susan Rudy (Alberta).

Upcoming events

 

Contemporary Innovative Poetry Research Seminar Programmed by Professor Robert Hampson All events are at Senate House, 6pm-8pm

October 26:
Dr Laurie Duggan: Postmodern poetry in a culture of dispersal
 
November 23:
Vicky Sparrow (Birkbeck): Secrecy and the poetry of Grace Lake
 
December 7:
Jennifer Wong (Oxford Brookes): Chinese womanhood in the poetry of Marilyn Chin
 
January 25:
Dr Gavin Selerie: The contemporary long poem
 
February 22:
Ed Luker (Northumbria): Secrecy in contemporary poetry
 
March 29:
Dr Joshua Davies (King’s College, London): Contemporary Medieval Poetry
 
April 26:
Kat Peddie (Kent): Models of sociality in avant-garde poetry
 
May 24:  
Dr Nancy Gaffield (Kent) The poetry sequence. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  
 
 
 

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