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Lines of Inquiry: New Approaches to Poetry

Friday 30 July 2021, 12.00PM

This one-day symposium will showcase new scholarly approaches to twentieth- and twenty-first-century poetry.

At a time when poetry is more visible than ever in digital spaces and popular media, when it is produced and consumed by an increasingly diverse and connected global community, when distinctions between different modes of poem-making continue to blur, and when small presses and lively collectives are reshaping the landscape for publishing and performance, poetry scholars have also had to adapt. 

This online event will offer a space for sharing new critical approaches. We are excited to hear about new contexts taking us beyond established modes of literary analysis, or new methodologies drawing on different disciplines and research technologies to study poetry in its changing shapes and spaces. Poetry’s social and economic dimensions and its connections with other forms of creative production are very welcome. We’re particularly interested to hear about new ways that scholarship can support poetry’s commitments to accessibility and inclusivity, and its growing role in public and political discourse.

The half-day will feature a series of 10-minute lightning talks, in order to offer the widest range of critical perspectives and interventions. Abstracts of 150 words should be sent to by 30 June. Proposals are especially welcome from postgraduate and early-career scholars.

The day will conclude with a plenary roundtable with authors of recent monographs on poetry, reflecting on challenges and trajectories in poetry criticism more generally, including: Jahan Ramazani (author of Poetry in a Global Age, 2020), Natalie Pollard (Poetry, Publishing, and Visual Culture from Late Modernism to the Twenty-first Century, 2020), JT Welsch (The Selling and Self-Regulation of Contemporary Poetry, 2020), and Jeneen Naji (Digital Poetry, 2021).

Registration for Zoom access to all sessions is available here.


Location: Online via Zoom