‘Roland Barthes and Poetry’ Conference at Leeds

The University of Leeds will be hosting a conference titled ‘Roland Barthes and Poetry‘ on 27-28 March 2015 to mark the centenary of the birth of the French literary critic Roland Barthes.

The conference sets out to complement other events taking place by focussing on poetics as a general theory of communication and of human signifying practices in and beyond language as a central Barthesian concern, be it in the work of the Hellenist George Thomson, or the poetic theory of Roman Jakobson. The conference aims to suggest the place of poetry in Barthes’s work as well as looking at the ways in which poets have responded to Barthesian poetic theory, especially in the case of American avant-garde poetry of the 1950s-1970s.

The conference is supported by the British Comparative Literature Association, the Modern Humanities Research Association and the Society for French Studies, and attendance is free of charge, but registration is required due to space constraints.

Visit the website for details and the programme.