SAM Seminar #1 - Working Like a Horse: Modernist Poetics and the Poetry of Labor - Kristin Grogan and Mark Steven (UNSW)

When:4 Mar 2014, 5pm - 6:30pm
Venue:Cinema 327, Robert Webster Building (Map Ref G14)
Who:
Rock Drill Jacob Epstein

‘Working Like a Horse: Modernist Poetics and the Poetry of Labor’

This seminar maps the formal relationships between poetry and poetics in modernism and the experience of labor during the first decades of the twentieth century.

Kristin Grogan will discuss poetic genre as articulated by capitalist labor relations. Mark Steven will account for the impact of communism on multiple poems, as mediated by poetry’s complicated affiliation with labor as variable capital.

Kristin Grogan is a graduate student at the University of New South Wales. Her thesis is on modernist poetry and poetics with a particular focus on Ezra Pound, Objectivism, and experimental lyric poetry.

Mark Steven is a graduate student at the University of New South Wales. His thesis is titled ‘Red Modernism: Poetry, Communism, and the Anglo-American Avant-Garde’. He has published on literature, film, and philosophy.

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