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NIAS Seminar

Wallace Stevens' Planet: work in progress

When 15 June 2017 from 11:30 to 12:30 hrs
Where A0.03, Jorishof, Korte Spinhuissteeg 3
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Bart Eeckhout, Professor of English and American Literature, discusses his research on the modernist poet Wallace Stevens. 

About the Seminar

"In this seminar, I will explain how my originally planned monograph, Wallace Stevens’ World Wide Web, has now morphed into three different publication projects, two of them as a result of conferences I have decided to organize (one the week after the seminar, the other next year). The main focus will remain, however, on the monograph, with its triple division into “Stevens in the World” (3 or 4 chapters), “Worlds Composed by Stevens” (3 chapters), and “Worlds Composed after Stevens” (4 chapters).

Considering the diversity of themes and approaches I wish to combine (case studies about urban architecture, ethnicity and genealogy, the circulation of desire, ecocriticism, musical analogies, philosophical readings, and various poems and one musical setting inspired by Stevens, involving additional perspectives from intertextuality studies, queer studies, and world literature), my current search is for ways of bringing such disparate materials together without imposing a rigid framework. The primary purpose of the seminar, then, is to help me find fitting theoretical ideas about “worlds,” “worlding,” and literary studies in the age of globalization."

About Bart Eeckhout

Eeckhout w.jpgBart Eeckhout is Professor of English and American Literature at the University of Antwerp. He is Editor of The Wallace Stevens Journal, author of Wallace Stevens and the Limits of Reading and Writing (2002), and co-editor of Wallace Stevens across the Atlantic (2008), Wallace Stevens, New York, and Modernism (2012), and five special issues of The Wallace Stevens JournalHe is currently at NIAS to investigate the ways in which the American modernist poet Wallace Stevens’ writings relate to the world and may be considered relevant to world literature.

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