Session Title

Contemporary Medieval Poetry I: Remaking Genre

Sponsoring Organization(s)

Centre for Late Antique and Medieval Studies, King's College London

Organizer Name

Josh Davies; Clare A. Lees

Organizer Affiliation

King's College London; King's College London

Presider Name

Clare A. Lees

Paper Title 1

The Poetics of Rot: Medieval Appropriation, Sanctity, and the Grotesque in John Fuller's Flying to Nowhere

Presenter 1 Name

Benjamin Utter

Presenter 1 Affiliation

Ouachita Baptist Univ.

Paper Title 2

Contemporary Medieval Poetry as Life Writing: Jay Bernard's The Red and Yellow Nothing

Presenter 2 Name

Josh Davies

Paper Title 3

Old English, Rap, and African-American Vernacular English

Presenter 3 Name

Donna Beth Ellard

Presenter 3 Affiliation

Univ. of Denver

Start Date

11-5-2018 1:30 PM

Session Location

Schneider 1355

Description

The two sessions on Contemporary Medieval Poetry will examine late-twentieth- and early twenty-first-century poetic reworkings of medieval texts. Over the past few years critical attention has focussed on the influence medieval texts have exerted on modern writers. This work has broken important new ground in medieval studies but has tended to focus on the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries and/or concentrate on the work of a small group of canonical, Anglophone, male authors such as Alfred, Lord Tennyson, Ezra Pound, WH Auden, Seamus Heaney and Geoffrey Hill. Writers with later or different publication histories have as yet largely escaped sustained attention. The papers presented in these sessions will acknowledge the breadth and diversity of modern and postmodern poetic responses to and re-workings of medieval literature, and interrogate what this poetry can tell us about the cultural meanings of the Middle Ages in our contemporary moment.

Josh Davies

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May 11th, 1:30 PM

Contemporary Medieval Poetry I: Remaking Genre

Schneider 1355

The two sessions on Contemporary Medieval Poetry will examine late-twentieth- and early twenty-first-century poetic reworkings of medieval texts. Over the past few years critical attention has focussed on the influence medieval texts have exerted on modern writers. This work has broken important new ground in medieval studies but has tended to focus on the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries and/or concentrate on the work of a small group of canonical, Anglophone, male authors such as Alfred, Lord Tennyson, Ezra Pound, WH Auden, Seamus Heaney and Geoffrey Hill. Writers with later or different publication histories have as yet largely escaped sustained attention. The papers presented in these sessions will acknowledge the breadth and diversity of modern and postmodern poetic responses to and re-workings of medieval literature, and interrogate what this poetry can tell us about the cultural meanings of the Middle Ages in our contemporary moment.

Josh Davies