Dr Andrew Michael Roberts: 'The Visual and the Self in Contemporary Poetry'
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.
This is part of the 'Modelling the Self' public lecture series.
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