EXTENDED DEADLINE: 20 FEBRUARY 2017
Speakers: Lucy Collins (UCD), Stephen
Enniss (University of Texas, Austin), Rachel Foss (British Library), Peter Jay
(Anvil Press), Robyn Marsack (Royal Literary Fund/University of Glasgow), Deryn
Rees-Jones (Pavilion Press/University of Liverpool), Michael Schmidt (Carcanet
Press), David Sutton (University of Reading), Kevin Young (New York Public
Readings by Elaine Feinstein and Tara
The John Rylands Research
Institute invites proposals for its 2017 conference on modern literary archives.
Reflecting the strengths of the Special Collections at the John Rylands
Library, the conference will focus in particular on archives related to postwar poetry in English.
‘Archival Afterlives’ will
provide a forum for academic researchers, postgraduate students, curators,
archivists, as well as poets to discuss their relationship with archival
material, whether it be through creating, collecting or donating archives, or
through using archival and material culture for inspiration, learning or
research. The conference also takes place as part of a wider programme of activities at the John
Rylands Research Institute and Library to facilitate the study of the holdings
in modern and contemporary literature.
Topics for presentation might
Genetic histories of poetic texts; the role and place of genetic criticism in
literary studies; the role and place of archival material in the study of
communities and networks;
correspondence and its role in cementing literary networks and movements; collaborations;
in translation; the
process of translation; the relationship between the poet and the translator;
Life writing; archives and biographies;
publishing of poetry; journals, publishing houses, and literary magazines;
relationship of poet and editor;
The materiality of poetic texts; creating, documenting, managing and using
literary drafts, manuscripts and proofs in physical and digital form;
Collecting the archives of modern poetry; ‘being archived’; the relationship of poets
with their archives, and the poet with the archivist; collecting policies and
strategies; the global diaspora of modern literary archives;
We also welcome presentations
on any of the poets, translators, editors, publishers and poetic movements
represented in the Library’s outstanding collection of Modern Literary
Archives. These comprise the archives of poetry publishers Carcanet and Anvil,
the literary journals PN Review and Critical Quarterly, as well as papers of
and related to a diverse range of poets and translators. Poets represented in
the archives include Elaine Feinstein, Grevel Lindop, Elizabeth Jennings, John
Heath-Stubbs, Michael Schmidt, Brian Cox, Jeff Nuttall, John Ashbery,
Eavan Boland, Gillian Clarke, Carol Ann Duffy, Louise Glück, Jorie Graham,
Seamus Heaney, Ted Hughes, Paula Meehan, Edwin Morgan, Sinéad Morrissey, Les Murray,
Dennis O’Driscoll, Sylvia Plath and many more.
Submissions from researchers
at any stage of their career, as well as from curators and archivists are
welcome. Due to significant interest, the deadline for paper and panel
proposals has been extended to Monday,
20th February 2017.
Please visit the conference website for
further information and guidelines on how to submit proposals.
Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Florence Impens, Leverhulme Early Career Fellow, John Rylands Research
Institute, University of Manchester.
Fran Baker (University of Manchester Library), Douglas Field (University of
Manchester), Vona Groarke (University of Manchester), Stella Halkyard
(University of Manchester Library), John McAuliffe (University of Manchester).