Finding the Edge: The writing of Anne Carson at Spike Island
Canadian poet Anne Carson's book Eros: The Bittersweet (1983) has been a long-standing influence on Meriç Algün's work. To coincide with her exhibition, Dr Laura Jansen and Dr Rebecca Kosick from the University of Bristol discuss some of the central subjects in Carson's oeuvre.
DR REBECCA KOSICK
Rebecca Kosick is a Lecturer in the School of Modern Languages at the University of Bristol and co-director of the Bristol Poetry Institute. Her research focuses on poetry's relationship with the visual arts and other media, particularly in the Americas during the 20th century and contemporary periods. A poet and translator, Rebecca has published creative work in such venues as the Iowa Review and is contributing to a forthcoming chapbook from Small Press. This "Maths Poems" chapbook arose from recent collaborations between poets and mathematicians at the University of Bristol's Brigstow Institute.
DR LAURA JANSEN
Laura Jansen's research emerges at the intersections of Classics, comparative and global literatures. She works on Greek and Latin languages, literature and philosophy, with a specific focus on comparative classicisms, and the tradition of classical antiquity in twentieth-century writing. She is the author of Borges Classics: Global Encounters with the Graeco-Roman World (Cambridge, 2018, funded by the Leverhulme Trust), volume editor of The Roman Paratext: Frame, Texts, Readers (Cambridge, 2014), and editor of the award-winning monograph Bloomsbury series Classical Receptions in Twentieth-Century Writing.
Laura is currently working on two book projects. The first is a book entitled Classical Absences: Antiquity and its Dissemination in Calvino, Eco and Manguel, which explores these modern authors' characterisations of the classical as eclipsed, placeless, silenced, and often forgotten phenomena in their literary and cultural imagination. The second project is a sole-edited volume entitled Anne Carson / Antiquity. This will be the first collective study of Carson's classicism, and it will include creative and critical essays by poets, translators, practitioners, editors and scholars. Laura is interested in Carson's use of the edge in various forms, and in the different ways Carson explores spaces in-between to disclose new images and ideas.
Tickets: £5, £3 concessions (free for Spike Associates)
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