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The Lyric
London, November 2001


 Advance Notice and Call for Papers

  The Lyric
 15-17 November 2001
 An International Conference

 Where is the lyric now? Always connected with the forms and rhythms of particular
life, as with the Greek modes of music and dance, it has survived from
pre-literate to literate societies (and to post-literate ones too).
Anthropologically rather than historically, lyric crosses boundaries between
non-literate and highly literate forms of society. One of the prime
characteristics of lyric is its verticality, complicated (in the last hundred
years) by poetry that combines lyric with other types of material. Lyric has also
had to enter into dark places, and confront degradations of language and ethical
life. Are ways of fitting words to music, and the forms of subjectivity that
accompanied them, still useful models of the lyric? And, in more epistemological
terms, does the verticality of lyric stillhold in the age of electronic images?
Has the 'inner life' been invaded?  Do poets still write lyric? And does it speak
to our necessities?

Organising Committee:

Professor William Rowe (Birkbeck College, University of London)
Dr Stephen Clucas (Birkbeck College, University of London)
Professor Anne Janowitz (Queen Mary College, University of London)
Dr Michael Baron (IES Conference Programme Co-ordinator, and Birkbeck College)
Dr Stephen Regan (Royal Holloway, University of London)
Professor Jerome J. McGann (Royal Holloway AND University of Virginia)
Professor Heather Dubrow (University of Wisconsin at Madison)
Professor John Roe (University of York [UK])

Conference Venue and Enquiries:

Institute of English Studies, School of Advanced Study, Senate House (3rd Floor),
Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU (No smoking building)

Tel: +44-(0)20 7862 8675, Fax: +44-(0)20 7862 8672 email: