Historical Poetics

Lead: Meredith Martin (English; The Center for Digital Humanities)

Historical poetics is a way of working through various ideas about poetry: what it is, how to read it, and how these ideas have changed over time. These are theoretical as well as historical questions, especially in the nineteenth century, a period of rapid development of historicisms, prosodic systems, and the global spread of English. The Historical Poetics reading group considers how nineteenth-century Anglophone poetry borrows from, appropriates, or imitates non-English poetry at the same time that such translation and assimilation formed the basis of the academic discipline of English. The 2019-20 year will focus on “Poetry and its Others” as a broad theme. For more information on the reading group, see historicalpoetics.com.

In 2020-21 Historical poetics is a way of working through various ideas about poetry: what it is, how to read it, and how these ideas have changed over time. These are theoretical as well as historical questions, especially in the nineteenth century, a period of rapid development of historicisms, prosodic systems, and the global spread of English. There will be a graduate student travel-working group in Sydney, Australia in 2021 and in Princeton in 2022.

In 2019, attended a Historical Poetics conference at the University of Texas at Austin on November 7 to 10. 

In 2020-21 there will be a graduate student travel-working group in Sydney, Australia in 2021 and in Princeton in 2022.

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