“I am with Raleigh, near the Atlantic” writes Paul Muldoon in “Promises, Promises” from the volume Why Brownlee Left ( ). Even though Plato wanted to banish poets from the (ideal?) Republic, poets and poetry have remained part of the social life. After all, the Romantics believed in the inborn superiority of literature as a mode of knowledge and judgment. Literature and not history or philosophy carried the meaning of life. Victorians placed a poet not above but within his/her community thereby asserting his or her social utility.
The guests of honour at LIES 2015 (15-16th May 2015) are Paul Muldoon as well as Nick Hayes, a political cartoonist and the author of the graphic novel, Rime of the Modern Mariner – and thus we are going through Poetry into the Beyond!
The Faculty of English at Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan, Poland, invites papers on all aspects of British, Northern Irish, Irish, American and Canadian poetry and poets.
The topics include but are not limited to the following:
- Paul Muldoon and his poetry
- Irish and Northern Irish poetry
- British poetry
- Scottish poetry
- Canadian poetry
- American poetry
- Poems as cultural artefacts
- Poetry and tradition; poetry and theory
- Narrative poetry
- Poetry and the avant-garde
- The power of poetry: the ways and means of changing the world through poetry, etc.
- Poetry and revolution; poetry and social conformity
- The poet(ess) as the leader of nations; as a solitary figure; a prophet; etc.
- The poet(ess) or his/her poetry: the value of biography
- Poetry and individual/national/cultural identities
- Postcolonial poetry and “Othering” poetry
- Poetry and ethnicities
- (Auto)biographical poetry
- Masculine/feminine poetry; gender(ed) poetry
- Poets and poetry in the 21st century
- New means of poetic expression: digitalization, hyperlinked poetry, kindle-version, etc.
- Visualising poetry: graphic novels, ekphrasis, word-image relations, painterly poets, etc
- Word-less poetry
- Teaching (about) poetry
- The struggle of poetic translation and/or untranslatability
- Slam poetry and amateurship
- Poetry and/for children
- Poetry and music
- Poetry and politics
- Poetry and the non-poetic
- Poetry and eroticism
- Poetry and war
- Poetry and healing: Working through trauma
- Poetry and religion; religious poetry
- Sound poetry
- Poetry and the reader
- Poetry and ideology
Conference Organisers and Committee
Professor Jacek Fabiszak (firstname.lastname@example.org) Head of Department of Studies in Culture, Faculty of English, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan, Poland
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