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Poetry & sex: medieval to post-modern

Tue 15 Oct 2013

If you love reading, want to know more about poetry in English and beyond, study literature or just feel a bit sexy, join us for this series of talks and discussions on how language has been used as an extension of the body.

 

Beowulf and the modern hero

Thu 12 Nov 2015

Old English poetry could be something of a touchstone for modernists of the early twentieth century such as Ezra Pound and W.H. Auden. They found themselves drawn to its concrete vocabulary and quasi-imagist use of juxtaposition and irony as alternatives to their own late-Victorian inheritance. In 2015, when for over a century the rhetoric of he ...

Millennial Citizens in the Age of Trump

Wed 07 Dec 2016

The recent election of Donald Trump in the US shook the world and affirmed the ascendancy of populist right-wing movements globally. Yet, amid the triumphs of figures like Trump, Hanson, Farage, Uribe and Duterte in polls this year, another political phenomenon is taking shape. In electorates around the world, Millennials are ...

Poetry & sex: medieval to post-modern

What’s love got to do with it?

Tue 22 Oct 2013

According to the philosopher Alain Badiou, love is a condition for the creation of truths. Since the ancient Greeks, this has also been considered the possibility of poetry. So what truths can poetry tell us about love? Can poems offer us something more complex and more "true" than the contemporary concepts of monogamy and promiscuity, lust and fid ...

Poetry & sex: medieval to post-modern

Writing sex and gender

Tue 15 Oct 2013

Acclaimed Melbourne poet, Claire Gaskin discusses the presence of and critical reactions to sex, sexuality and feminism in her writing. Claire will introduce and read from some of her poetry, in conversation with poet and critic Bonny Cassidy.

Poetry & sex: medieval to post-modern

Poetry and the Absent Love Object

Sat 11 May 2013

Does absence really make the heart grow fonder? Through poets ranging from Emily Bronte and Thomas Hardy to Gwen Harwood, this session explores how poetry has fed and fed off our never-ending yearning for the bodies and minds we can’t touch.

Poetry & sex: medieval to post-modern

Did poetry invent desire?

Sat 10 Aug 2013

To burn with fever, pant with lust, or pine and waste away… We all know lyrics to modern pop songs about love. Such songs have been sung, the feelings and physical states they describe not much changed, for centuries. This talk goes back to medieval and early modern Europe to explore literary styles that continue to shape how we think and write abo ...

Poetry & sex: medieval to post-modern

The art of seeing – love poetry and visual art.

Tue 29 Oct 2013

What does it mean to see another person; and what can poetry tell us about this? Ekphrasis, or poetry about visual art, look at and respond to paintings, pieces of sculpture, and architectural structures, using them as prompts for description and reflection. They help us think about what is involved in seeing and responding to to other people, incl ...

Millennial Citizens in the Age of Trump

Millennial Citizens in the Age of Trump

Wed 07 Dec 2016

The recent election of Donald Trump in the US shook the world and affirmed the ascendancy of populist right-wing movements globally. Yet, amid the triumphs of figures like Trump, Hanson, Farage, Uribe and Duterte in polls this year, another political phenomenon is taking shape. In electorates around the world, Millennials are emerging as a constitu ...

Poetry & sex: medieval to post-modern

Mon 31 Aug 2015

About the co-ordinators: Dr Bonny Cassidy teaches literary studies and creative writing, and is a regular poetry critic, including for the Australian. Her poetry has been widely anthologised and her most recent collection is Certain Fathoms (Puncher & Wattmann, 2012). She co-curates the Winter Poetry Series at Readings Carlton. Dr Stephanie Downe ...