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[UPDATE] With sleights learned from others: Basil Bunting and Friends (Durham, 4-5 July 2012)
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With sleights learned from others: Basil Bunting and Friends
A conference at Durham 4-5 July 2012
With sleights learned from others and an ear open to melodic analogies I have set down words as a musician pricks his score, not to be read in silence, but to trace in the air a pattern of sound that may sometimes, I hope, be pleasing.
Basil Bunting, preface to Collected Poems
This conference aims to emphasise the position of British modernist poet Basil Bunting in literary tradition, reconnecting him with the work that shaped him and the work he shaped. We invite papers that explore how movements in music, philosophy, religion, science, visual art, nature, politics, and fiction, as well as poetry, influenced Bunting, or were influenced by him in turn. We welcome proposals that consider the writers and thinkers associated with Bunting, whether directly or indirectly, as well as papers that focus on the poet himself. In addition to academic panels, there will be two poetry readings, as well as an optional third-day excursion to the nearby Brigflatts Quaker meeting house at Sedbergh.
Bunting is often viewed as a solitary poet, but even the phrase ‘struggler in the desert’ was pinned on him by Pound and paired him with Zukofsky; there are also his later associations with figures such as Jonathan Williams and Tom Pickard. Studying these acquaintances and friendships casts light on Bunting’s poetry, as well as the broader modernist tradition to which he belongs. The conference will demonstrate the enduring importance of this intermittently neglected poet, by examining his contacts, correspondents, influences and influence.
Please send proposals of around 300 words for papers to Annabel Haynes (details below) by 5 March 2012. Papers should last 20 minutes.
Accommodation can be provided by the university, and more details will be available upon registration. We also welcome those who wish to attend without presenting. If you would like to be added to the mailing list, or require any further information, please contact the organisers.
‘Friends’ could include:
With kind regards,