Winter Quarter, 2018
Monday January 22nd, 5:00pm—Harper 104: Juan Diego Mariategui, PhD. Student, Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Studies, University of Chicago: “Elaborations of an Equilibrium: The Baroque Turnings of Wallace Stevens”
This paper explores the connection between Stevens and the Orígenes collective, a group of Cuba’s most influential poets, essayists and theorists of the so called Neo-Baroque, through his correspondence with one of their members. It attempts to analyze two of the North American’s poems in light of the theories of the Cuban author Severo Sarduy, while pointing out crucial differences between their aesthetics, and through this analysis to tease out some principal divergences in the work of the theorists of the Neo-Baroque itself.
Tuesday, February 6th, 5:00pm—Harper 104: John Alba Cutler, Associate Professor, Department of English, Latina/o Studies Program, Northwestern University: “Rubén Darío, Latino Poet”
This article examines the reprinting of several Darío poems in US Spanish-language periodicals during the first decades of the twentieth century and argues that the class conflicts manifest in modernista poems were an important feature of a bourgeoning US Latino/a modernism.
Monday, February 19th, 5:00pm—Harper 104: Steven Maye, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of English, University of Chicago: “Reformatting the Sublime (Anne Carson on Television, Longinus, and Antonioni)”
This dissertation chapter makes a case for thinking about contemporary North American poetry through David Joselit’s notion of a “format”: a heterogeneous structure that channels existing content while enabling new rights of action and representation. Its central examples are drawn from the work of the poet and classicist Anne Carson, including a poem that reformats Sappho’s fragment 31, a poem that reformats Michelangelo Antonioni’s Red Desert, and an essay that reformats the Longinean sublime.
Monday, March 5th, 5:00pm—Harper 104: Katie Bellamy Mitchell, Ph.D. Student, Committee on Social Thought, University of Chicago: “The Poetics of Apology and Re-Poiesis in Layli Long Soldier’s Whereas”
This paper examines how Layli Long Soldier’s Whereas (2017) re-writes and responds to the text of the 2009 Congressional Resolution of Apology to Native Americans. It questions the poetics of apology at work in both the official apology and her response, and considers the possibilities of this poetic approach to address a politics whose justificatory instruments are bureaucratic, archival, and issued on paper.