[UPDATE] Soundings – Critical Essays on Alice Oswald

full name / name of organization: 
Kym Martindale University College Falmouth, Niamh Downing University of Exeter

Following an initial cfp for a collection of critical essays on the work of British poet Alice Oswald we are now seeking a small number of additional proposals that focus on specific collections – The Thing in the Gap Stone Stile (1996), Woods etc. (2005), Weeds and Wild Flowers (2009) – with particular reference to questions of form and time. Proposals which discuss Oswald in relation to other poets, or that engage with her work in performance, such as Under Glass by Clod Ensemble, are particularly welcome.

See below for details of the original cfp:
Oswald is largely thought of, in the popular arena at least, as a poet of place/nature/environment. This is understandable, but there is a growing critical interest in her poetry for its explorations of boundaries or thresholds, as aperture and opening/s. We wish to extend and consolidate such readings, and accordingly, seek proposals that promise to treat one or more of the following themes in Oswald's work to-date: Form, Sound, Time. We welcome particularly, proposals which are attentive to how Oswald engages with or deploys form/sound/time to offer a poetry that apparently resists containment and categories. We are also keen to see readings of Oswald's work in the contexts of other poets both past and present, British, American, Australian and European, as well as case studies of different engagements with her work in performance.

Possible topics:
Form: text/uality, narrative/trajectories, lyric, formlessness, ellipsis, (the) body/ies
Sound: voice/s, archives, listening, performance, music, 'I/not-I', soundscape/landscape
Time: memory, history/ies: oral, literary; place, change, modernity, time/s, eg. poetic/geological/narrative

Timeline: proposals due 19 March 2011.
Proposals should be:
Approx 300-500 words
Include name, affiliation, and contact details
Submitted as Microsoft Word (.doc file format)
Sent to kym.martindale@falmouth.ac.uk
We will respond to proposals by the end of March 2011, and ask for essays of 7-8000 words (format tbc) by 30 September 2011.
Contact information: Kym Martindale, kym.martindale@falmouth.ac.uk and Niamh Downing nd235@exeter.ac.uk