Historical Poetics Symposium

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Centre for Modernism Studies Australia UNSW, Randwick (Dec 13) and Writing & Society Research Centre, Western Sydney University, Bankstown Campus (Dec 14-15)

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Historical Poetics Symposium

a poem: historical poetics and the problem of exemplarity

13-15 December 2016.

Co-hosted by the Writing and Society Research Centre and the Centre for Modernism Studies Australia

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13 December - Room 327 of the Robert Webster Building at UNSW in Randwick

14-15 December - Room G.55 of Building 3 at the Milperra (‘Bankstown’) campus of Western Sydney University

Keynote speakers:

Justin Clemens (Melbourne)

David Nowell Smith (UEA)

Meredith Martin Opens (Princeton)


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Most studies of poetry, whether historically or theoretically inclined, tend to reserve close attention for exemplary poems – works that in some way embody and make tangible the theoretical propositions or historical narrative being elaborated. The recent emergence of 'historical poetics' has challenged the old opposition of history and theory by focussing attention on the historicity of prosodic theories. If, as critics in this field variously assert, historical poetics can restore the historical thinking that poems do, are we destined only to restore the thinking of those poems that exemplify the claims the critic hopes to make? Might we end up looking only at the reflection of our methodological apparatus rather than at that which is particular (or historical) in the poem? The central aim of this symposium is to test the notion of historical poetics against the idea of the individual poem. We will examine how the individual poem presents challenges both for a historical understanding of poetic form and for a formalist understanding of poetry's history.

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Centre for Modernism Studies Australia UNSW, Randwick (Dec 13) and Writing & Society Research Centre, Western Sydney University, Bankstown Campus (Dec 14-15)

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