jeudi 13 janvier 2011


Dear participants,

Because you will get much better rates booking on the internet, we recommend that you use one of the following websites to make your hotel reservation

You can also google the following key words : hotel paris marais

On most websites, the area you need to ask for is MARAIS. On some sites ( for instance) it is called CENTRE POMPIDOU, or BASTILLE, or even RÉPUBLIQUE. The arrondissement is the 4th. (A hotel in the the 3d or 5th arrondissement would also be within walking distance from the conference venue, though slightly further.)

You will find plenty of 3-star hotels in the Marais. Two-star hotels are harder to find which is why I suggest the following two.

The recently renovated 2 star Hotel Jeanne d'Arc

The Hotel Saint-Louis Marais
which is on the same street as the university, a 45-second walk.

The MIJE youth hostels are located in the Marais, very near the conference venue.

Finally, you may be eligible for accomodation at the Centre culturel irlandais / Irish College, right across the Seine.


Legacies of Modernism: The State of British Poetry Today

9-11 June, 2011

UFR d'études anglophones, Université Paris-Diderot

This conference aims to provide a space for a critical reception in France for various currents in contemporary British poetry which lie outside the literary and academic mainstream, and which for this reason have received relatively scant attention thus far in France. This is a poetry which takes off from the London-based modernism of the early twentieth century, and the subsequent development of this modernism in American poets from Louis Zukofsky and Charles Olson to Frank O’Hara and the L-A-N-G-U-A-G-E poets, in particular retaining an insistence on linguistic innovation and a deep engagement with the mediums and means available to a poet at any given time. Yet for this poetry—or better, these poetries—what is at issue is not simply
formal experimentation; rather, they are characterised by a commitment to grasp contemporary society and to probe the place of poetry within it. As well as plenary papers by Allen Fisher, Drew Milne, Peter Middleton and Simon Jarvis, there will be a reading with Geraldine Monk, Carol Watts and John Wilkinson organized by Double Change and held at la Maison de la poésie.
The conference welcomes proposals, in English, for papers on individual poets, historical or genealogical accounts of the various currents in contemporary British poetry, or particular themes or problematics for poetry and poetics. Such topics might include (but need by no means be restricted to):
- Committed poetry and the politics of linguistic innovation
- Significant figures for this poetry: Denise Riley, J.H. Prynne, Roy Fisher (and others)
- Younger poets such as Andrea Brady, Jeff Hilson, Keston Sutherland (and others)
- Pastoral and Nature Poetry for a Post-Industrial era
- Rhythm, metre, and traditional forms
- Relations between British and American poets
- Women poets and feminist writing
- Anxieties of influence; poets engaging with literary history
- Text, body and materiality
- Contemporary British poetry within European modernism
- Performance and performativity
- Poetry in and outside the academy

Deadline for papers 1 February 2011.

Comité d’organisation:
Dr Abigail Lang, Université Paris Diderot
Dr David Nowell-Smith, Université Paris Diderot

Comité scientifique:
Dr Abigail Lang, Université Paris Diderot
Dr David Nowell-Smith, Université Paris Diderot
Dr Ian Patterson, Queens’ College, University of Cambridge
Prof Robert Hampson, Royal Holloway University of London
Prof Paul Volsik, Université Paris Diderot

Sponsored by LARCA (Laboratoire de Recherche sur les Cultures Anglophones), Université Paris Diderot. There will be a conference fee of 30€ payable on arrival.