The Ward Phillips Lectures, 2006
November 27, 28, 29
The Attack of the Difficult Poems: Poetics, Technology, Invention
Department of English
University of Notre Dame
All events in the Hesburgh Center Auditorium on the UND campus
pdf of poster
Monday, 5 pm:
"The Task of Poetics, the Fate of Innovation, and the Aesthetics of Criticism"
Topics will include the role of close reading and poetry criticism for contemporary writing; the relation of theory to poetics and poetic practice; the professionalization of academic literary scholarship; the role of aesthetics for poetry and scholarship.
A reception at the Morris Inn will follow the lecture
Tuesday, 5 pm:
"The Poetics of Invention and the Art of Teaching"
Is innovation a tired metaphor of modernist utopian thinking? Is it possible to teach difficult poetic works to uninitiated students? Includes some practical discussion of using the web and my own "poem profiler," as well as the "wreading experiments" list in teaching.
7:00 pm: A reading by Charles Bernstein
of his poetry will follow a brief reception in the atrium of the Hesburgh Center
Wednesday, 1:30 pm:
Prior to the lecture, a public discussion of ideas presented thus far will be led by UND professors, local scholars and poets, inlcuding Stephen Fredman, Romana Huk, Gerald Bruns, John Wilkinson, Joyelle McSweeney, Steve Tomasula, Johannes Goransson, and Jennifer Scappettone (U Chicago)
"Objectivist Blues & the Art of Immemorability"
How has language recording technology (from the alphabet to sound recording to the digital archive) affected the development of poetry? The lecture focuses on second wave modernist poets, tin pan alley lyricists, and blues performers, with special reference to their innovations in recording speech (in writing and song). Among the artists discussed are Louis Zukofsky, James Weldon Johnson, Vachel Lindsay, Ira Gershwin, Oscar Hammerstein II, Charley Patton, Paul Robeson, and Cole Porter.
A brief wine reception will follow the lecture.
Charles Bernstein bio