Conference: Innovation in Irish poetry University College Cork, Ireland. July 12th 2011
This conference investigates issues surrounding innovation in Irish poetry. Its aim is not only to re-examine the influence that Irish writers have had on 20th Century literature, but also to explore the current status of Irish innovative poetics in the 21st Century.
Due to the historical, and yet ever present, issue of emigration from Ireland, this conference will not restrict itself to provincial ideas of national identity. Instead it aims to consider “Irish poetry” as transnational, considering not only poets born, raised or living inIreland, but also those who have emigrated, those who are part of the Irish diaspora and those who have been significantly influenced by Irish innovative writing. The conference will take place in University College Cork on the 12th of July 2011 so that it coincides with the 15th SoundEye festival of the Arts of the Word (13th – 17th). Papers should be approx. 20 minutes in length.
Some possible areas of interest for papers might include
- Cadence in Irish poetry
- The influence of international poetics on Irish poetry
- The influence of Irish modernism on British and American writers
- Irish poetry and the historical avant-garde
- Constructions of Irish Modernism
- Irish small presses
- National identity
- Post colonialism
- Irish poetry’s engagement with critical theory
- The Irish poetic canon
Below is a possible, but not exhaustive, list of writers whose poetry papers could explore.
W.B. Yeats, Mary Devenport O’Neill, Sheila Wingfield, Blanaid Salkeid, Thomas MacGreevey, Denis Devlin, James Joyce, Samuel Beckett, Brian Coffey, Michael Smith, Trevor Joyce, Geoffrey Squires, Maggie O’Sullivan, Tom Raworth, John James, Catherine Walsh, Billy Mills, Randolph Healy, Maurice Scully, Mairéad Byrne.
Abstracts should be 300 words in length (approx) and should be emailed firstname.lastname@example.org no later than March 12th 2011.
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