1. Whitman Week: University of Exeter, May 30 – June 4 2016
2. Elizabeth Bishop panels: ALA, San Francisco, May 26 – 29 2016
3. One Green Field: walking, landscape, and ecocriticism – Call for Papers for Critical Survey (2016)
4. Fleur Adcock: A Symposium, Winchester University, May 21 2016
Whitman Week: University of Exeter, May 30 – June 4 2016
The Transatlantic Walt Whitman Association is pleased to announce The Ninth Annual International Whitman Week Seminar and Symposium, University of Exeter, UK, May 30 – June 4, 2016
Invitation for Applications to the 9th Transatlantic Walt Whitman Seminar
Founded in Paris in 2007, the Transatlantic Walt Whitman Association (TWWA) invites students, researchers, and Whitman enthusiasts to participate in its 9th annual Whitman Week, consisting of a Seminar for advanced students interested in Whitman and Whitman’s poetry, and a Symposium bringing together international scholars and graduate students. Previous Whitman Weeks have been held at Universität Dortmund, Germany (2008), Université Francois Rabelais, France (2009), Università di Macerata, Italy (2010), Universidade Estadual Paulista, Brazil (2011), Szczecin University, Poland (2012), Northwestern University, USA (2013), Otto-Friedrich-University Bamberg, Germany (2014), and Ludwig-Maximilian-University in Munich. The 2016 events will be held at the University of Exeter in England.
Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass remains a landmark of modern poetry and world literature. Every year new editions of Whitman’s work are published in a variety of languages; an ever- expanding group of poets “reply” to him in their poetry; his poems are set to music and are quoted in films; he is invoked in the discussion of political and cultural issues, as well as of gender and sexuality; and he continues to be a huge presence in college and university curricula globally. In order to respond adequately to this international phenomenon, TWWA sponsors a yearly International Whitman Seminar, during which students from different countries come together for an intensive, credit-bearing Seminar taught by an international team of Whitman specialists.
In the morning classes, focusing on some of Whitman’s major poems and selections from his prose, students will have an opportunity to confront Whitman’s books, share their readings of key poems and clusters, and discuss Whitman’s attempts at a multilingual English, his cohesive representation of human relations, and his work’s international significance. In addition, there will be afternoon workshops on the reception of Whitman in various countries, as well as the translation of his poems into various languages, including German, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Polish and Asian languages. (The specific readings that will be the focus of the Seminar will be announced a month before the start of the Seminar.)
The team of international instructors for 2016 will be:
Ed Folsom: Professor of American Literature at the University of Iowa; co-director of the online Whitman Archive; editor of the Walt Whitman Quarterly Review; author, co-author and editor of over 20 Whitman-related books, including, most recently, Walt Whitman’s Democratic Vistas: A Facsimile of the Original Edition (2010), Re-Scripting Walt Whitman (2007) co-authored with Kenneth M. Price, Whitman Making Books / Books MakingWhitman (2005).
Jay Grossman: Associate Professor of English at Northwestern University; author of Reconstituting the American Renaissance: Emerson, Whitman, and the Politics of Representation (2003), and numerous essays on eighteenth- and nineteenth-century American literature and culture, especially Emerson andWhitman, the history of the book, and the history of sexuality; co-editor (with Betsy Erkkila), Breaking Bounds: Whitman and American Cultural Studies(1996).
Kirsten Harris: Senior Tutor in the School of Modern Languages at Bristol. Author of Walt Whitman and British Socialism: ‘The Love of Comrades’(Forthcoming 2016), and articles on Walt Whitman, Edward Carpenter and British socialism. Other research interests include socialist literature and print culture, literary transatlanticism, and protest writing.
Sascha Pöhlmann: Lecturer, American Literary History, LMU Munich, Germany. Author of
Future-Founding Poetry: Topographies of Beginnings from Whitman to the Twenty-First
Century (Camden House 2015, forthcoming), essays on Whitman’s poetry and prose, as well as its importance to Mark Z. Danielewsi’s fiction, poetry on 9/11, or Cascadian Black
Metal. His other research interests include Thomas Pynchon and unpopular culture.
Applications for the Seminar
Applications for the seminar should include a brief (150-word) statement of interest — submitted by email to the organiser, Peter Riley (email@example.com) by December 18, 2015.
Students are expected to attend and invited to take part in the Symposium, held immediately following the Seminar, and featuring scholarly papers by Whitman scholars and graduate students from various countries. A separate paper proposal must be submitted in order to participate in the Symposium. This year’s Symposium theme is “British Whitman.” The Call for Papers appears below.
Call for Papers
The Transatlantic Walt Whitman Association is Pleased to Announce
An Open Call for Papers: “British Whitman”
To be held at the University of Exeter in England on June 4, 2016
The first foreign edition of Whitman‘s poetry was published in London, in 1868 — by William Michael Rossetti – and Poems by Walt Whitman was vital in circulating Whitman‘s poetry around the British Isles and British Empire. In fact visitors to Britain are likely to have discovered Whitman through Rossetti’s agency rather than in the original US editions (this is one of the theories around Rimbaud’s putative familiarity with Whitman). Possible topics for discussion include (though are not limited to): the literary and political impact of Rossetti’s selection; Whitman‘s standing in English-speaking countries outside the US; Whitman‘s fraught relationship to “feudal” Britain and how it resonated with the struggles of colonised peoples; class- and gender-based interpretations of Whitman in Britain; Whitmanian discipleship in Britain; and Whitmanian comradeship and evolving mores and laws in Britain and its former colonies; connections and disjunctions between Whitman’s political aspirations and the Victorian “white man’s burden”.
One-page abstracts of paper proposals to be sent electronically, no later than February 15 2016, to all four symposium organisers:
Peter Riley firstname.lastname@example.org
Eric Athenot email@example.com
Stephanie Blalock Stephaniefirstname.lastname@example.org
Kenneth M. Price email@example.com
Elizabeth Bishop Society panels, ALA, San Francisco May 26 – 29 2016
The Elizabeth Bishop Society seeks proposals for its two sponsored panels at the annual ALA Conference in San Francisco this May 26-29, 2016. Descriptions of the sessions appear below; applicants are welcome to apply to either or to both panels by sending a proposed title for a 20-minute paper, an abstract of about 300 words, and a short biographical note to Angus Cleghorn (firstname.lastname@example.org) and to Heather Treseler (email@example.com) by January 15, 2016.
Elizabeth Bishop, Class, and Race
New scholarship about Bishop’s engagement with class and race in her poems, prose, letters, and archival documents suggests that the poet’s attitudes were complex and polyvalent. This panel invites proposals focused on Bishop’s aesthetic depictions of racial identities and class differences in any of her “three” geographies—Canada, the United States, and Brazil—during any one phase (or across) her career, adding to the substantial work in this area by Steven Gould Axelrod, Kirstin Hotelling Zona, and Renée Curry, among others.
Elizabeth Bishop’s Poems and Everyday Media
Bishop’s poetry frequently employs conceits from “everyday” media to include newspapers, songs, broadcasts, postcards, travelogues, nursery rhymes, and diaries. This panel will focus on Bishop’s use of “para-literary” conventions in her published and posthumously published poetry, her evolving reflections on poetics and incorporative practices, and the poet’s license to borrow from popular tropes and contemporary media. Proposals about Bishop’s incorporative aesthetic vis-à-vis those of her peers are also welcome.
One Green Field: walking, landscape, and ecocriticism
Call for Papers for Critical Survey, Autumn 2016
(deadline for abstracts 30 November 2015)
Walking is prominent in recent creative non-fiction in the UK and Ireland. It is hypothesised that this has happened because wayfaring offers unique opportunities for our times. Encounters on foot allow us to observe endangered non-human nature and to reassess undervalued landscapes or environments. If this is true, we should see less walking in pre-modern literature, except in the cases where mystics, misfits, urban rustics and adventurers have found their muse on the hoof, or have a particular affinity with wildlife and wild adventures. In the case of Early Modern literature, the poet Edward Thomas suggested ‘The century of Pope and Johnson is looked down on for nothing so much as for being townish and for thinking one green field like another. We forget that, nevertheless, their fields were greener than ours, and that they did not neglect them save in poetry’ (1913: 17). Perhaps, rather than being motivated by environmental concern, the popularity of walking literature is due to new prose forms including the ‘new nature writing’. Perhaps we might even conclude that the literary aspects of such writing have supplanted ‘greener’ forms of engagement.
This call for papers asks for contributions that explore the recent proliferation of walking-based literature, either in terms of the creative and historical developments that have allowed this to take place, or in terms of the unexplored byways that may illuminate our current concerns in terms of broader movements. Walking literature offers a particular openness to hybrid forms and themes, and so this issue of Critical Survey does not limit itself to nature writing nor to rural and pastoral literature. There are no limits to historical or geographical scope, except that the essays should primarily focus on British and Irish works of literature where the act of walking and the non-human landscape are simultaneously prominent. Contributions that cite the body of work known as ‘ecocriticism’ or ‘green studies’ would be particularly useful in potentially opening up new ways to consider both contemporary and historical texts where the landscape and material nature have active roles in the production of the text, and it would be helpful if authors address whether this writing is or can be relevant to environmentalist thought. Since Jonathan Bate’s The Song of the Earth and Romantic Ecology consider the Romantic tradition of green studies, this journal would particularly welcome essays that move beyond these ideas, even if the modern walking text cannot avoid reference to the Romantic traditions.
Suggestions for contributions that would be welcomed include, but are not limited to, the following:
• The relations between walking literature and earlier countryside traditions
• Walking in fiction and poetry
• The ‘new nature writing’ and psychogeography
• Pastoral, anti-pastoral and post-pastoral walking
• The activist or dissenting spirit of literary walkers from an environmentalist or social perspective
• Walking and landscape art
• Walking and the weather or climate
• Travel writing and walking
• Pilgrimage and walking
• Urban walking
• Material ecocriticism and the ways that walking can address the relationship between culture and material process (including biological and geological processes)
• Walking and deep time, evolution and anthropocene
• Walking and health
• Archipelagic walking
All of these are valid themes for this special issue of Critical Survey. The key questions that we seek to address are whether there is one green field of walking literature in Britain and Ireland, and, if so, whether it is as ‘green’, in both senses of the word, as we might suppose. To have a submission considered please send an abstract (approximately 500 words) to Pippa Marland (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Anna Stenning (email@example.com). The abstract itself should be attached as an anonymous document in Word with a covering email that should give your name, address and institutional affiliation.
Abstracts due: 30 November 2015
First draft essays: 31 May 2016
Revised drafts: 31 July 2016
Dr Anna Stenning and Pippa Marland
University of Worcester, Green Voices Research Group, September 2015.
FLEUR ADCOCK: A SYMPOSIUM
Saturday 21 May 2016, at Winchester University
Co-hosted by the University of Northampton
Fleur Adcock, one of Britain’s best loved poets, celebrated her 80th birthday last year while her most recent book The Land Ballot was published by Bloodaxe in 2015. Her compendious Poems 1960-2000 was published in 2000. In 1996 she was given an OBE; in 2006 was awarded the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry and in 2008 was named Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to literature..
A New Zealander by birth but resident in the UK since 1963, Fleur was initially a member of the Group and then – when women poets were very much in the minority — she ploughed her own furrow; from her London base she has travelled extensively in Great Britain and Europe, holding residencies in Ambleside, Newcastle and Durham in the 1970s, and visiting Romania for the British Council in the 1980s. A persistent thread in her work is the ties of affection and family loyalties. In exploring and sustaining many of these connections she has visited New Zealand regularly over the decades; recently there are poems devoted (again) to her ancestors and her family history. She has also translated Romanian and Latin poetry.
Adcock became known as a voice for women writers in the 1980s when she edited the Faber Book of Twentieth Century Women’s Poetry, and wrote satirically about the Thatcher regime. Interwoven with these topics throughout her oeuvre poems on her abiding passions: for animals and creatures, landscape and the environment, childhood and ageing, the state of the world.
This symposium aims to celebrate Adcock’s unique world of poetry. The organisers invite submissions of abstracts for papers of 20 minutes that may be on (but are not necessarily restricted to) the following topics:
Fleur Adcock and British post-war poetry
Fleur Adcock, ‘feminism’ and women’s poetry?
Fleur Adcock, expatriatism and exile
Fleur Adcock: beginnings and their historical contexts
Fleur Adcock, family history, loyalties, and genealogy
Fleur Adcock: classical poetry and translation
Fleur Adcock and the craft of poetry
Fleur Adcock as a model for teaching Creative Writing
Fleur Adcock: creatures, animals and poetry
Fleur Adcock: places, landscape, travel
Fleur Adcock and her New Zealand/British contemporaries
Fleur Adcock, political issues and a public voice
Fleur Adcock, nature and the environment
Fleur Adcock, childhood, growing, ageing
Fleur Adcock and her literary legacy
Please send abstracts of no more than 200 words to Professor Janet Wilson (janet.Wilson@northampton.ac.uk), by 1 March 2016; and for further information write to Julian Stannard (Julian.Stannard@winchester.ac.uk) .