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‘The Moose’ as Movie: Elizabeth Bishop as Screenwriter-Poet

Dr J.T. Welsch

Wednesday 8 March 2017, 5.00PM

Speaker(s): Dr J.T. Welsch (Department of English and Related Literature / University of York)

In Colm Tóibín’s 2015 book on the twentieth-century American poet, Elizabeth Bishop, he suggests the perspective in her poem, ‘The Moose,’ moves ‘in the same way a camera can move from filming a scene to filming a face to filming the world as seen by the eyes in that face.’
This presentation will take up ‘The Moose’ as a case study for filmic readings of poetry, testing the limits of such comparisons. In relation to Bishop’s lifelong interest in film (and early wildlife documentaries, especially), J.T. Welsch will consider specific montage techniques and the use of sound and lighting in the poem, while noting ‘screenwriterly’ aspects of its language. 

Location: TFTV/109

Admission: Free