Charles Olson 2010: A Centenary Conference. 13th-14th November, 2010

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Centre for Modern Poetry, University of Kent
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Charles Olson 2010

A Centenary Conference

Centre for Modern Poetry, University of Kent

13th – 14th November, 2010

2010 marks the centenary of the birth of the American poet Charles Olson. As poet, critic and theorist, Olson extended the possibilities of modern writing. From Call Me Ishmael to The Maximus Poems he probed the relation between language, space and community, providing radical resources for the re-imagining of place and politics. Aiming, in Robert Creeley's terms, to hear all that Olson still provokes at the beginning of the Twenty-First Century, this conference seeks to re-assess the scope of his legacy. It will provide an opportunity to consider Olson's value through and across a range of disciplines, with particular attention to be given to his influence on British and European writing. Topics to be addressed could include (but won't be limited to):

- Olson in Europe
- Olson's Britain
- Olson and foreign policy
- The Olsonian University
- Olson's Melville
- Olson and women poets
- Poetry and the polis
- Olson and dance
- Olson and the visual
- Spacing, prosody, form
- Olson and geology
- Vatic Olson

Proposals for papers (title with 300 word abstract) should be sent to David Herd at by 19th March, 2010.

Conference Organizing Committee: Nancy Gaffield, Michael Grant, David Herd, Ben Hickman, Jan Montefiore, Juha Virtanen.