Keynote lectures

Dr Natalie Pollard (University of Exeter), ‘The Poetics of Variability’

Friday 1 July 12.30pm Bowland Auditorium

Natalie’s research specialisms are in modernist and contemporary Anglophone literature, especially late modernist English and Scottish poetry. She has worked on scholarship and stupidity, commerce and literature, avant-garde and mainstream writing, and on the ethics of bickering, rudeness and address in J.M. Coetzee.speaking to you

Natalie has published two books: a monograph entitled Speaking to You: Contemporary Poetry and Public Address (Oxford UP, 2012), and an edited collection entitled Don Paterson: Contemporary Critical Essays (Edinburgh UP, 2014).

Her third book (approaching completion), takes an interdisciplinary, trans-historical approach to British and Irish poetry across the long twentieth century. It connects features of modernist writing with late 20C and 21C literature, through its attention to architecture and poetry, sculpture and statues, urban space and identity, modernist typography and early modern book design, avant-garde writing and classical form.

Prof Simon Jarvis (University of Cambridge), ‘*Sordello*-matrix: Robert Browning and the poetics of close counting’

Saturday 2 July 10.00am Bowland Auditorium

Simon Jarvis holds the position of the Gorley Putt Professor of Poetry and Poetics at Robinson College, Cambridge. To say that his work encompasses poetry, music and philosophy from 18C to 21C in several European languages would be too narrow to cover the actual range of his interests. Simon has been working in particular on whether, and how, verse composition, verse reading and verse performance, can be thought of as historically and materially particular kinds of thinking; aptly, he is in the editorial board of the influential journal of poetics, T H I N K I N G  V E R S E. He has also published on philosophical aesthetics, contemporary phenomenology and a number of contemporary critics of social theory.

Simon’s 2011 essay ‘Why Rhyme Pleases’ has been frequently anthologised, most recently in The Lyric Theory Reader (John Hopkins UP, 2013) edited by Virginia Jackson and Yopie Prins. His book-length studies include Wordsworth’s Philosophic Song (Cambridge UP, 2007), Adorno: a critical introduction (Polity Press, 1998) and Scholars and Gentlemen: Shakespearean textual criticism and representations of scholarly labour, 1725-1765 (Clarendon Press, 1995)

Simon has also published a number of poetry collections with Enitharmon Press. The last two publications, Jerusalem Deleted (2015) and Night Office (2013) are part of a small set of long poems for which the collective title is The Calendar.

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Dr Matthew Bevis (University of Oxford), ‘Poetry by numbers’

Saturday 2 July 17.20pm Bowland Auditorium

Matt is a Lecturer in English at Oxford University, and a Fellow of Keble College. His first book, The Art of Eloquence: Byron, Dickens, Tennyson, Joyce (OUP, 2007) explored the relations between political oratory and literary culture from Romanticism to Modernism. That study was influenced by William Empson, and Matt has also edited a collection of essays on Empson’s work – Some Versions of Empson (OUP, 2007). In Comedy: A Very Short Introduction (OUP, 2012) Matt looked at comedy as a literary genre and as a range of non-literary impulses and events (pantomime, circus, stand-up acts, and other funny business).Edward Lear

Matt’s work in the last few years has focused on poetry. He’s edited The Oxford Handbook of Victorian Poetry (OUP, 2013) and in November 2012 he gave the British Academy Chatterton Lecture on ‘Edward Lear’s Lines of Flight’ (available here). Recent publications include a short book on Byron (Macmillan, 2013) and a forthcoming collection of essays co-edited with James Williams on Edward Lear and the Pay of Poetry (OUP, 2016).

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