CFP: [20th] The Novelist as Poet: Recovering Mid-Century British Poetry

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Pamela J. Francis
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Mid to late Modernism offered a variety of forms to its readers, but most
scholars will agree that the age belonged to the novelâ€"an odd permutation
given the influence of poets and poetry on the development of what we may
loosely refer to as Modernism. However, many of the novelists we associate
with this periodâ€"Graham Greene, Malcolm Lowry, Robert Graves, Kingsley Amis
and Lawrence Durrell, to name a few, were also fairly prolific poets. In
the course of academic history, the poetry of these and other novelists has
fallen by the wayside, as evidenced by the fact that the Norton Anthology
of British Literature does not mention their achievements, but focuses
instead on those known chiefly as poets, such as Dylan Thomas.

The International Lawrence Durrell Society invites submissions for its
annual session at the Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture Since
1900, to be held February 21-23, 2008. Presentations should be 15-20 mins.
long, and may address any of the following ideas, or any other with direct
relation to Lawrence Durrell. Please send an abstract to Pamela Francis,, by Sept. 15, 2007..

• The relation of Durrell’s poetry to his novels; for instance, “Eight
Aspects of Melissa” in relation to the Alexandria Quartet.

• Durrell’s absence from the canon of English poetry.

• The relationship of mid-century poetry to mid-century novels.

• “Schools” of poets in some way related to Durrell, often overlooked in
current scholarship, such as the Personal Landscape Poets of Egypt in the
early days of WWII, or John Gawsworth’s Kingdom of Redondo.

• Textual studies of Durrell’s poetry.

• Ex-patriate poetry of the British Literary Diaspora and tropes of exile
in poetry.

• Aesthetic and philosophical influences on LD’s poetry, including the
visual arts, drama, landscapes, Zen Buddhism, Freudianism, Relativity Theory.

• LD’s relationship to other poets, including T.S. Eliot, Cavafy, the
Elizabethans, and others.

• LD’s Key to Modern Poetry and its theory of poetics.

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