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Feb 27
16:00 - 17:15
'Phenomenology and the Late Twentieth-Century American Long Poem', Matt Carbery
English Research Seminar series

'Phenomenology and the Late Twentieth-Century American Long Poem', Matt Carbery, co-sponsored by the Centre for Modern Poetry

This talk will offer a commentary on Matthew Carbery's recent book Phenomenology and the Late Twentieth-Century American Long Poem (Palgrave MacMillan, 2019). In particular, it will present a narrative of the ways in which the phenomenological philosophies of Edmund Husserl, Maurice Merleau-Ponty and Emmanuel Levinas were significant in the development of a wide array of experimental poetries in America, beginning with the work of Charles Olson in the 1950s. More broadly, this talk will make clear the importance of the long poem as a mode of poetic experimentation, and will present an account of the ways in which the long poem has been perceived, critiqued, reviewed and practiced. It will do this chiefly through a series of contextualised close readings of the long poems of Nathaniel Mackey, Susan Howe, Lyn Hejinian and Leslie Scalapino.Matthew Carbery is an Early Career Researcher currently living in Cambridge, UK. He is an editor of EPIZOOTICS! literary zine, and his poetry has been published in Tears in the Fence, Blackbox Manifold, CTRL+ALT+DEL, Otoliths, Stride and Dead King Magazine. He is currently writing a book on experimental African-American poetry from the 1980s to the present day, focusing on key moments of political resistance and aesthetic innovation.

The talk will be followed by drinks in the School of English Common Room, Rutherford Extension. All are warmly welcome, especially postgraduate students.

Location

DLT3,
Darwin College,
University of Kent,
Canterbury,
Kent,
CT2 7NY
United Kingdom
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Contact: Matt Whittle
E: M.Whittle@kent.ac.uk
School of English

 

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