The West-Eastern Lyric Modernist Poetry between Asia and Europe (SOAS)

The West-Eastern Lyric Modernist Poetry between Asia and Europe
 17 November 2017 9:30 – 6.30, SOAS, 21/22 Russell Square, Room T101

Organised by MULOSIGE ERC project (SOAS) and the Centre for Modern European Literature (University of Kent)

All Welcome! Please Register via Eventbrite.

In Enlightenment Orientalism (2012), the late S. Aravamudan argued that the popularity in 18th-century Europe of the “Oriental tale”, a genre practiced by several celebrated early English and French novelists, calls for a revision of the standard view of the novel as an originally European product that was then disseminated throughout the world. In another essay (2014), Aravamudan noted that ‘narratives of influence from “East” to “West” are often subject to special pleading, contingency, and “accidental sagacity,” whereas influences from the “West” to the “East” involve formulations deriving from scientific necessity, historical causality, and colonial power’. Categories of genre, in other words, seem to have been conflated with categories of power.

This workshop will consider the implications of this insight for lyric poetry. Exploring the many lives of “Eastern Poetry” and the ways in which its circulation across several languages challenges any understanding of modernism along a “single Greenwich meridian of world literature” (Casanova), it will examine the way that poetic styles, themes, and strategies developed in a multi-way process of cultural transfer between Asia and Europe, across Europe and across Asia. Translations, pseudo-translations, re-translations and free versions of “Oriental” poems, often under the umbrella term of “Eastern poetry”, proved enduringly popular among a whole range of European readers and poets from the late-19th century to the early 20th century, from Pound to Rilke to Michaux. Translations by the likes of Edward Fitzgerald, Edwin Arnold, and E. Powys Mathers circulated and were re-translated by “Eastern” poets, who in turn gave these poems new lives. Lyric poetry, in short, became an intercontinental genre.

The programme is available at:

https://www.soas.ac.uk/cclps/events/17nov2017-the-west-eastern-lyric-modernist-poetry-between-asia-and-europe.html

Fatima Burney (Mulosige, SOAS)

Ben Hutchinson (University of Kent)

Francesca Orsini (SOAS)

CFP: Balzac and England (Maison Française d’Oxford)

Balzac and England / Balzac et l’Angleterre, Maison Française d’Oxford

12th – 14th April 2018

Balzac’s is one of the world’s greatest authors. One of the main realms of his influence is Britain, in and through English, and the Anglophone world. This, the first ever conference on Balzac and ‘England’, organized at the Maison Française d’Oxford by the University of Oxford, the University of Birmingham and the Groupe d’Etudes balzaciennes, explores the nature of his engagement with Britain, but also of Britain, and of the world’s engagement with Balzac. Papers may cover, but are not limited to, a number of key themes: 1) The presence and influences of British thought and writers in and on Balzac: philosophy, politics, economics, law; Shakespeare, Milton, Sterne, Locke, Scott, Otway, Richardson, Byron, Adam Smith; 2) Britain and the British in and through La Comédie humaine and Balzac’s wider work: British characters, landscapes, politics, economy, mores; 3) British responses to Balzac in his own age: Dickens, Thackeray, Eliot, Wilde, James; Permissiveness and Censorship; Nationalism and Morality; nineteenth-century reception and criticism of Balzac; translation, press, publishing and pedagogy; school and university editions). 4) The responses of posterity: Balzac criticism and creation in Britain; novelistic and non-novelistic and non-literary (artistic, musical, poetic, political) responses; theatre, film, TV, radio and Internet adaptation; Balzac criticism and theory; school and university syllabuses and teaching; press, publishing and translation; individual and series publications. 5) État présent and future perspectives: the Anglo-American critical tradition; English translation as a vector for world-wide appreciation, criticism and theory. In asking in relation to this greatest and most penetrating of novelists the trans-linguistic, trans-cultural question of what, precisely, yet diversely, Angleterre and ‘England’ might designate, the conference raises fundamental questions about identity, literary conception and nationality which led the nineteenth century, and may still yet shape the twenty-first.

Proposals for individual papers or panels (250 words maximum) should be sent as an e-mail attachment in Word, in English or French, to the conference organisers (Tim Farrant, University of Oxford; Owen Heathcote, University of Bradford; Michel Lichtlé, Université Paris IV Sorbonne; Nathalie Preiss, Université de Reims Champagne-Ardenne; and Andrew Watts, University of Birmingham) at balzacangleterre@gmail.com. The deadline for proposals is 10th November 2017.

Balzac et l’Angleterre, Maison Française d’Oxford

12 –14 avril 2018

La réputation de Balzac n’est bien sûr plus à faire. Si son influence mondiale est énorme, l’un de ses domaines majeurs est la Grande-Bretagne, par la présence des versions originales de ses œuvres, et par le biais de la traduction de ses œuvres en Anglais et leur dissémination à travers le monde anglophone. Le Groupe d’Etudes Balzaciennes propose maintenant en collaboration avec les Universités d’Oxford et de Birmingham le tout premier colloque sur « Balzac et l’Angleterre ». En réunissant des spécialistes français, britanniques, américains et mondiaux il se donne pour objet de considérer la nature de l’engagement de Balzac avec l’Angleterre, mais aussi de réfléchir sur l’identité de l’« Angleterre » et sur la nature des interférences entre l’Angleterre, la littérature anglophone et Balzac. Les communications pourront traiter, entre autres, les thèmes suivants : 1) Présence(s) et influence(s) sur Balzac de la pensée, de l’imaginaire (philosophique, politique, juridique, économique – voir A. Smith) et des écrivains britanniques (entre autres Shakespeare, Milton, Locke, Otway, Sterne, Richardson, Byron, Scott); 2) La Grande-Bretagne, l’Angleterre et les Anglais dans La Comédie humaine et les autres œuvres de Balzac (personnages, paysages, mœurs, langages) ; 3) réception britannique ou quasi britannique contemporaine de Balzac (Dickens, Thackeray, Eliot, Wilde, James, Wharton…) ; permissivité et censure ; nationalisme et moralité ; réception et critique de Balzac au dix-neuvième siècle : traduction, presse, édition et pédagogie ; éditions scolaires et universitaires ; 4) Réponses et réception de la postérité : critique et création balzacienne en Angleterre ; réactions romanesques, littéraires et autres (artistiques, musicales, poétiques, politiques, Internet ; adaptations théâtrales, cinématographiques, télévisuelles, radiophoniques, nouveaux médias ; Balzac, critique et théorie ; cursus et programmes scolaires et universitaires ; presse, édition et traduction ; éditions individuelles et en série ; état présent et perspectives futures : la tradition critique anglo-américaine ; traductions anglaises comme vecteur de réception et d’appréciation, de la critique et de la théorie mondiale. En posant, à propos de ce romancier entre tous le plus grand et le plus pénétrant, la question translinguistique et transculturelle de savoir à quoi précisément pouvaient, peuvent et pourront renvoyer les termes « Angleterre », « England » et « Grande-Bretagne », il soulèvera des questions fondamentales sur l’identité, la conception et la création littéraire et sur la nationalité, questions qui ont conduit le dix-neuvième siècle et pourraient encore façonner la nôtre.

Les propositions (250 mots maximum) pour des interventions individuelles ou des séances entières sont à adresser par courriel, en anglais ou en français, au comité d’organisation (Tim Farrant, University of Oxford; Owen Heathcote, University of Bradford; Michel Lichtlé, Université Paris IV Sorbonne; Nathalie Preiss, Université de Reims Champagne-Ardenne; and Andrew Watts, University of Birmingham) avant le 10 novembre 2017 à l’adresse suivante : balzacangleterre@gmail.com.

AHRC Midlands3Cities funding for UK/EU Students

AHRC Midlands3Cities funding for UK/EU students

The Midlands3Cities Doctoral Training Partnership (M3C) is a collaboration between the University of Birmingham, Birmingham City University, De Montfort University, University of Leicester, Nottingham Trent University and The University of Nottingham. M3C is awarding up to 80 PhD Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) studentships for UK/EU applicants for 2018 entry.

M3C is also awarding 7 Collaborative Doctoral Awards with partner organisations: Flatpack Festival, Leicester City Council, Nottingham City Museums and Galleries, Nottingham Contemporary, Oxford Lieder, Royal Shakespeare Company, and Spalding Gentlemen’s Society.

M3C provides research candidates with expert supervision (including cross-institutional supervision where appropriate), research training and access to a wide range of facilities, cohort events and placement opportunities with regional, national and international partners in the cultural, creative and heritage sectors.

English at Nottingham Trent University is inviting applications from students whose research interests include:

  • American literature and cultural history
  • Colonial, postcolonial, global, and world literatures and cultures
  • Creative writing and critical-creative research
  • Gender and sexuality
  • Literary and cultural theory
  • Literature and technology
  • Literature, film and visual culture
  • Magazine and periodical writing
  • Modernist and postmodernist literature
  • Poetry and poetics
  • Popular fiction
  • Race, Rights and Activist Writing
  • Romantic literature
  • Shakespeare and Early Modern writing
  • Travel writing
  • War and literature
  • Women’s writing

The deadline for M3C funding applications is Monday 15 January 2018, by which time students must have applied for a place to study and have ensured that two academic references are submitted to the home university on the correct M3C form. For full details of eligibility, funding, research supervision areas and CDA projects, and for dates of our November application writing workshops, please visit http://www.midlands3cities.ac.uk/ or contact enquiries@midlands3cities.ac.uk.

Information and proposal-writing workshops will be hosted in each of the three partner cities. Register for the workshop in Nottingham (taking place on 18th November) through our Eventbrite booking page.

 

BCLA: Unforeseen Consequences (Warwick)

Unforeseen Consequences: Literatures of Protest and Progress

University of Warwick, 11th November

Keynote speaker: Dr. Oliver Davis (Warwick)

The British Comparative Literature Association’s annual postgraduate conference ‘Unforeseen Consequences: Literatures of Protest and Political Struggle’ takes place at the University of Warwick on 11 November with a keynote by Dr Oliver Davis (Warwick). All are welcome and attendance is free. Registration closes at 9am on Wednesday 8th November. Please use our Eventbrite page to register (https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/bcla-postgraduate-conference-unforeseen-consequences-tickets-39085804694). Anyone who wishes to register after this time should contact bclapgrepresentative@gmail.com.

The programme for the day is as follows:
9.30 – 10.00: Registration
10.00 – 10.15: Welcome
10.15 – 11.45: Panel One: Legacies of Power
Giulia Champion (Warwick): The Emergence of Britain as a Nation-State and the Uncanny Colony in Literature
Amanda Stewart (Oxford): Narrative Ambiguity as a Response to Governmental Censorship: a close analysis of narrative voice in Christa Wolf’s The Quest for Christa T
Michael James (Royal Holloway): Losing a Sense of Space: dysfunctional spaces and Grimethorpe in the poetry of Helen Mort and Steve Ely
11.45 – 12.00: Coffee
12.00 – 13.30: Panel Two: Territory and Displacement
Sophie Kelly (Edgehill): Right-to-Remain (Silent): making space for ‘unofficial’ voices within a hostile landscape
Sam La Védrine (Nottingham): The Ecology of the In-Between and Writing ‘the entangled letters/of a new genetic code’: Pierre Joris’ stochasticism of nomadic poetics
Andrew Stones (Warwick): From ‘World-Ecological’ Literature to Exo-Planetary Fictions
13.30 – 14.15: Lunch
14.15 – 15.30: Keynote
Dr Oliver Davis (Warwick): For a Theory of Unforeseen Consequences: side-effects, unwieldy knowledge and literature
15.30 – 15.45: Coffee
15.45 – 17.15: Panel Three: Contemporary Struggles
Farah Aridi (Goldsmiths): Negotiating the Right to the City in Saleem Haddad’s Guapa
Asma Jahamah (Essex): Post 9/11 Terror in Nadeem Aslam’s The Blind Man’s Garden
Caterina Scarabicchi (Royal Holloway): ‘Borrowing’ the Migrant’s Story: De Luca’s Solo Andata between social commitment and literary appropriation
17.15 – 18.15: Wine Reception

The conference will be held in the Wolfson Research Exchange on Floor 3 (Extension) of University of Warwick Library. A university card is required to enter the library; please speak to the staff member at the library Welcome Point who will direct you to the Wolfson Research Exchange. An interactive campus map and a floorplan of the library are available here.

Complimentary teas, coffees, and lunch willl be provided, with a wine reception following the conference. If you have any dietary requirements, please let us know by emailing bclapgrepresentative@gmail.com. See our website for more information about the BCLA and our Facebook and Twitter pages for more about BCLA Postgraduates.
We look forward to seeing you on 11th November.

Creative Critical Writing Lab (UCL)

Creative Critical Writing Lab

Monday 6 November 2017 | 18:00-20:00 | room 6.02 UCL Bartlett School of Architecture

Following on from the successful Creative Critical Writing and Creative Resistance Workshops held at UCL in June and July 2017, and in response to the overwhelmingly positive feedback we received on them, we are setting up a series of writing labs. These writing labs – a forum for creative critical work in progress – are open to researchers of all disciplines and all stages of their careers. Our primary aims are, firstly, to offer a space for constructive criticism on current creative critical research projects and, secondly, to inspire future work and resistance through a collaborative reading of creative critical texts.

The first two writing labs – 6 November 2017 and 5 March 2018 – are focused on the theme of love. On 6 November 2017, Tim Mathews and Mathelinda Nabugodi will look at Percy Bysshe Shelley’s short essay On Love (1819) and Roland Barthes’s Fragments d’un discours amoureux(1977) [A Lover’s Discourse: Fragments trans. by Richard Howard] focusing on the introductory section on how the book is constructed and the fragments s’abîmerabsenceatoposdéclarationidentification, and lettre. We will explore the ways in which these two authors use creative techniques to drive their critical argumentation about the overpowering, and yet elusive, subject of love. Our reading will provide a foundation for the second part of the seminar which is devoted to discussion of work-in-progress by its participants.

For information on future events, join our mailing list
CREATIVE-CRITICAL@jiscmail.ac.uk

To contact the organisers
creativecriticalwriting@gmail.com

Please register through Eventbrite
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/creative-critical-writing-love-lab-tickets-38992694198

The next Love Lab will take place on 5 March 2016. More on that soon.

 
The Writing Labs are conceived and organised by:
Emma Cheatle – Tim Mathews – Mathelinda Nabugodi – Emily Orley – Jane Rendell – PA Skantze