Thom Gunn: Transient and Resident

deadline for submissions: 
October 31, 2016
full name / name of organization: 
University of California, Berkeley
contact email: 

CFP: Thom Gunn: Transient and Resident 

A symposium organised by Prof. Dr Stefania Michelucci (University of Genoa, Italy)

and Dr Michael Nott (University College Cork, Ireland)

Friday 2nd December 2016

Department of English, Hearst Field Annex, University of California, Berkeley


“My life insists on continuities”, writes Thom Gunn in The Occasions of Poetry (1982), “between America and England, between free verse and metre, between vision and everyday consciousness.” Gunn is, by his own admission, an “Anglo-American poet”, yet he is strangely neglected on both sides of the Atlantic, seemingly too American for the English and too English for the Americans. Bringing together poets and scholars from across Europe and the US, this one-day symposium will address the critical neglect of one of the twentieth century’s most important poets.

We invite papers on any aspect of Thom Gunn’s life and work. Possible topics might include, but are not limited to:

* Gunn as literary critic;

* Ideas of ‘place’ in Gunn’s work;

* Gunn and British and American poetry;

* Ideas of the ‘body’ in Gunn’s poetry;

* Gunn as a teacher.


Please send proposals of 250 words (for 20 minute papers) with a brief biographical note to Stefania Michelucci ( and Michael Nott ( by 31 October 2016. Speakers will be notified in early November.