Futures of Poetics

Poetics, as a set of critical attentions that bridge periods and languages, has entered a lively moment of renovation and renewal. Addressing the changing field, Futures of Poetics is an an occasional working group that convenes to discuss works in progress by faculty from Northwestern (and at large) who are pioneering new approaches to the study of poetry and poetics; works in progress by Northwestern graduate students, such as potential article submissions and dissertation chapters; and readings in poetology dedicated to generating fresh, ecumenical accounts of key issues and emergent idioms for poetics scholarship in the 21st century. This series emphasizes scholarship on the recent and distant past as well as the contemporary moment, but our orientation is prospective, geared toward open questions, undigested archives, and works in progress.

Upcoming Events

February 22th, 2017, 5pm, Kresge 3354
Works in Progress: Christopher Davis,”Hybrid Harmony: The Poetics of Discord and the Language of Songs from Troubadours to Dante.”For a copy of the paper please contact Rickey Fayne ([email protected]).

March 9th, 2017, 12:30-2:00pm, UH 201
Works in Progress: Harris Feinsod, “World Poetry: Archeology and Iterations of an Idea” For a copy of the paper please contact Rickey Fayne ([email protected]).

Past Events

November 11th, 2016, 12:30-2pm, Hagstrum Room (UH 201)
Works in Progress: Tristram Wolff, “Literary Embarrassment: John Keats and Claudia Rankine on Feeling Too Much.” For a copy of the paper please contact Rickey Fayne ([email protected]).

October 13th, 2016, 12:30-2pm, Hagstrum Room (UH 201)
Graduate Reading Group: Stephen Burt, “Is American Poetry Still a Thing?” and responses. With the American Cultures Colloquium.

May 23rd, 2016, 12-2pm, CLS Seminar Room (Crowe 4-130)
“TXT → PDF → POD: Epic Lyric Poetics.” Lunchtime workshop with Danny Snelson, a Mellon postdoc in the Digital Humanities.

Feb 19, 2016, 1-2pm, CLS Seminar Room (Crowe 4-130)
Graduate Reading Group: Poetry in Global Iran & Turkey
Please join us for a Futures of Poetics workshop, where graduate students in the Comparative Literary Studies program Arif Camoglu, Taymaz Mohammad and Azadeh Safaeian will briefly introduce and discuss poetry from late 19th and early 20th century in Iran and Turkey. All faculty and graduate students are welcome.

Jan 11, 2016, 5:15pm, Religious Studies Seminar Room (Crowe 4-134)
Graduate Reading Group: Poetry & Religion
Please join us for a Futures of Poetics workshop, where graduate students Ean High, Alanna Hickey and Miranda Smith will discuss issues related to poetry and religion. All faculty and graduate students are welcome. For a copy of the papers please contact Patricia Anzini ([email protected])

May 21, 2015 5:15pm, Hagstrum Room (University Hall 201)
Works in Progress: Toby Altman, PhD Candidate, English Literature, Northwestern: “‘lines to time’: Periodization, Collaboration, and Jen Bervin’s Diachronic Poetics”. With a response by Chris Shirley, Visiting Assistant Professor of English. For a copy of the paper please contact Todd Nordgren ([email protected]).

February 19, 2015 5:00pm, Comp Lit Seminar Room (Crowe Hall 1-125)
Graduate Reading Group: “What is a Poem?”
Please join us for a Futures of Poetics workshop, where we will discuss two companion pieces under the dynamic rubric: “What is a Poem?” The two readings include 1) the entries for “Poem,” “Poet” and “Poetry” from the Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics, and 2) the first chapter from Octavio Paz’s book of essays The Bow and the Lyre. For a copy of the papers please contact Todd Nordgren ([email protected]).

November 13, 2014 12:30pm, Hagstrum Room (University Hall 201)
Works in Progress:  Katie Hartsock, PhD Candidate, Comparative Literature, Northwestern: “‘Through Fire I See It’: First Person Poetics of the Revisionary Mode,” from her dissertation titled “The Past Like Never Before: Classical Women and Revisionary Poetry.” With a response by Laura Passin, Visiting Assistant Professor of English.

April 10, 2014 12:30pm, Comparative Literature Seminar Room (Crowe 1-125)
Works in Progress: Alanna Hickey, PhD Candidate, English, Northwestern: “The Forms of National Belonging: Occasional Verse, Race, and Citizenship in Gold Rush California.” With a response by Ivy Wilson, Associate Professor of English and Director of American Studies.

March 10, 2014 5:15pm, Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities Seminar Room
Works in Progress: Ira Murfin, PhD Candidate, IPTD, Northwestern: “David Antin’s Talk Poetics: Talking Text and Texting Talk.” With a response by Jacob Smith, Associate Professor, R/TV/F, Northwestern.

November 13, 2013 5:15pm, Hagstrum Room (University Hall 201)
Reading Group: Debating the Lyric: Readings from Virginia Jackson and Jonathan Culler.

April 11, 2013 5:30 p.m., MG51, Technological Institute
Virtual Reading Group: Digital Poetics. Videoconference reading group meeting with Stanford’s Workshop in Poetics. Readings of Marjorie Perloff, Kenneth Goldsmith, and Johanna Drucker.

April 15, 2013 3:00 p.m., Crowe 1-135
Works in ProgressGayle Rogers (Pitt) presents a chapter from his new book project, Between Literary Histories: Translation, Bilingualism, and Modernist World Literature. For more information, see our page.

January 28, 2013 5:00 p.m., Room 118, University Hall
Graduate Reading Group: In conjunction with the visit of Erica Hunt and Harryette Mullen

October 23, 2012
 5:00 p.m., Hagstrum Room, University Hall
Graduate Reading Group: Native/Indigenous Poetics. Readings of Mary Austin, Jerome Rothenberg, and Robert Dale Parker. In conjunction with the visit of Cedar Sigo.

April 18, 2012 
5:30 p.m., Hagstrum Room, University Hall.
Graduate Reading Group: Diasporic Poetics and the Black Arts Movement. In conjunction with the visit of Keorapetse Kgositsile.

March 8, 2012
 12:30 p.m, Hagstrum Room, University Hall.
Works in Progress: John Alba Cutler (Northwestern) presents “Individualism, Lyric Subjects, and Sandra Cisneros’s Wicked Wicked Ways,” a chapter from his current book manuscript on contemporary Chicano literature. Response by Suzanne Bost (Loyola University Chicago).

February 1, 2012 5:00 p.m., Hagstrum Room, University Hall.
Graduate Reading Group: Toward a theory of queer poetics. Readings of Sedgwick and Irigaray. In conjunction with the Queer(ing) Poetics Symposium with Nathalie Stephens/Nathanaël and Ronaldo V. Wilson.

The Futures of Poetics series sustains the ambitions of the roundtable discussions (on translation theory and lyric theory) from 2009-10, around which the group first coalesced.

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