‘To appreciate the beleaguered position that Kenneth Goldsmith finds himself in, you have to know that in 1997 or 1998 three avant-garde poets, one of them Goldsmith, drinking in a basement bar in Buffalo during a blizzard, decided to start a revolutionary poetry movement, one that went on to endorse “uncreative writing,” a phrase and a field that Goldsmith invented.’ Read the New Yorker‘s recent profile.
And Brian Kim Stefan‘s response and this Poetry Foundation discussion.
Emigration and Caribbean Literature is a fresh and necessary re-engagement with the generation of writers from the Caribbean Basin who journeyed to Europe to establish their names and literary reputations between and after the two World Wars. It reads across the Anglophone and Francophone traditions to take as its focus George Lamming, Mayotte Capécia, V.S. Naipaul, Aimé Césaire, Samuel Selvon, and Édouard Glissant, focusing firmly on their shared status as emigrants and the effects of their migration on the content and composition of their first works. By applying the theories of Antonio Gramsci, Pierre Bourdieu, and Pascale Casanova to readings of these authors’ contexts and the content of their texts, Malachi McIntosh reveals how World War-era Caribbean writers were pushed to represent themselves as authentic spokesmen for their people
Includes readings by Neel Mukherjee, David Mitchell and Ali Smith. Full details here: http://www.cambridgeliteraryfestival.com/
E Q U I P A G E
c/o Rod Mengham, Jesus College, Cambridge, CB5 8BL, U.K.
Ian Patterson, Time Dust, A4 36pp (price £6.00 including p&p)
John Kinsella, A Failure to Fully Confess: An Activist Poem, A5 48pp (price £4.50 including p&p)
John Wilkinson, Courses Matter-Woven, A4 24pp (price £6.00 including p&p)
Luke Roberts, Left Helicon, A5 48pp (price £4.50 including p&p)
SCOTT McCLOUD IN CONVERSATION
5th MARCH 2015 at 6pm.
ROOM G06/G07 ENGLISH FACULTY, 9 WEST ROAD
FREE ADMISSION; ALL WELCOME.
Scott McCloud, cartoonist and seminal theorist – the ‘Aristotle of Comics’ –will discuss his new book The Sculptor with John Lennard.
‘the best graphic novel I’ve read in years. It’s about art and love and why we keep on trying. It will break your heart.’ Neil Gaiman
‘a wonderful testament to the power of comics’ The Independent
‘a brilliant and gripping book. As absorbing as a Victorian novel in terms of character and moral ideas, it somehow manages to be both an inquiry into the subjectivity of art and a zippy portrait of 21st-century hipster urban life. Plus, it’s a super classy homage to all things Marvel. Quite how McCloud pulls this off, I don’t know.’ The Guardian
Clare Hall Literary Talks
Rod Mengham and Ian Patterson, poets
West Court, Clare Hall
Friday 20 Feb. 6 pm
Wine will be served.
Saturday 25 October: 1:30pm – 2:30pm
Law Faculty, LG19,10 West Road, CB3 9DZ
Booker prize-winning author Ben Okri will look back at his writing career with Tim Cribb, an English Fellow at the University of Cambridge who was a visiting lecturer at the universities of Ife and Kwara State in Nigeria. Okri is considered one of the foremost African authors in the post-modern and post-colonial traditions and has been compared favourably to authors such as Salman Rushdie and Gabriel García Márquez.
Part of the Festival of Ideas