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Durham University

Department of English Studies

Event Archive

This is an archive of past events within the Department of English Studies. Please see our current events for forthcoming activities.

Some of our public events are recorded and are available as podcasts via our Research English At Durham blog.

Modelling the Self: 'The Visual and the Self in Contemporary Poetry,' by Dr. Andrew Roberts (Dundee University)

4th March 2008, 18:15 to 19:45, Elvet Riverside 140

This lecture forms part of the Institute of Advanced Study's "Modelling the Self" series.

The dominance of the visual is often seen as a new and defining feature of contemporary culture. Yet it is Romantic poetry which most powerfully associates the act of seeing with understanding, self-shaping and the visionary. This lecture will explore the ways in which contemporary poetry engages with this Romantic inheritance.

It will consider both 'post-Romantic' text poetry (such as that of Thomas A. Clark and John Burnside), which revisits Romantic models with an ecological inflection, and digital poetry (such as that of John Cayley), which uses technology to reconfigure the whole relationship between text, self and the visual.

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