Call for Papers for ‘Ted Hughes’ Expressionism: Visionary Subjectivity’

Call for Papers for 'Ted Hughes' Expressionism: Visionary Subjectivity'

We’re delighted to announce that the British Library will host a symposium on Ted Hughes and Expressionism at the side of Dr Steve Ely, Director of the Ted Hughes Community on the College of Huddersfield.

Ted Hughes by Fay Godwin © British Library Board

This symposium is designed to discover and examine the declare that Hughes’ most attribute, distinctive and revolutionary work – the place lies the burden of his declare to be thought-about a significant poet and artist of worldwide significance – is basically Expressionistcharacterised by a rejection of objectivity in illustration in favor of a Visionary subjectivity which appeals to inside life and creativeness to remodel and deform content material, deploying abstraction, typologies and symbols to form displays in an primarily didactic means.

Hughes’ expressionist mode is obvious all through his oeuvre and consists of a lot of his most well-known poems and books, together with ‘Wind’, ‘Mayday on Holderness’, ‘Thrushes’, ‘Pike’, wowo, Crow, cave birds, Gaudete, Stays of Elmet And Caprice. A lot of his performs and brief tales – ‘Difficulties of a Bridegroom’, ‘The Wound’, ‘The Head’ – are additionally Expressionist, having explicit affinities with German Expressionism. In fact, not all of Hughes’ work is by any means Expressionist, and all through his profession he produced well-known poetry that appears to symbolize a extra goal – naturalistic, lifelike – response to expertise, in works as Songs of the season, Moortown Diaries, river And birthday lettersFor instance.

Specializing in Hughes’ artwork, methodology and approach on this means invitations approaches to his work that transcend the English-speaking literary and historic custom and focus on his work within the context of artists and actions European and worldwide artists – visible, dramatic and musical in addition to literary – affinity, affect and collaboration: one instantly thinks of Hughes’ work and advocacy with revolutionary, experimental and avant-garde artists within the Expressionist custom, together with the Japanese European poets Herbert, Holub, Pilinsky and Popa; American artist Leonard Baskin; playwright, director and impresario Peter Brook and photographer Fay Godwin.

The British Library is a significant heart for the research of Hughes with necessary collections regarding the poet which embrace archival, printed and audiovisual materials. Students can study extra about all points of Hughes’ work by exploring his in depth private archive (Add MS 88918), which was acquired in 2008 and a variety of smaller associated collections, together with Hughes’ correspondence with Olwyn Hughes , Leonard Baskin and Keith Sagar. Please seek the advice of the Library Collecting Guide to Hughes for extra info on his Hughes holdings.

A selection of notebooks, typed and handwritten pages fanned out against a black background.  The elements come from the archives of Ted Hughes.

Materials from the Ted Hughes Archive

Matters for articles might embrace, however will not be restricted to, the next. Proposals ought to clearly relate to the themes of the symposium.

  • Works by Hughes: particular poems, sequences or collections; radio performs; brief tales; crucial prose or pedagogical work
  • The poetics of Hughes: artifice, methodology, fashion, approach
  • Hughes and the “visionary forerunners” (together with however not restricted to Christopher Good, William Blake, Emily Dickinson, Gerard Manley Hopkins, DH Lawrence, WB Yeats)
  • Hughes, TS Eliot and Modernism
  • Hughes, Dylan Thomas and the poets of the New Apocalypse
  • Hughes’ relationship to trendy and modern experimental and avant-garde English-language poetry
  • Hughes, European and worldwide poetry and poets
  • Hughes and visible artists (together with however not restricted to related collaborations, for instance, with Leonard Baskin and Fay Godwin)
  • Hughes and the drama
  • Hughes’ work with Peter Brook
  • Hughes and German Expressionism
  • Hughes and music

Please ship proposals of not more than 250 phrases for 20 minute articles, plus a brief biographical be aware, to Steve Ely at by Friday 12e Could 2023. There will probably be no registration charge.

For extra info on the Ted Hughes Community, see:

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