LLCL Public Seminar Recordings 2014

The School of LLCL runs public seminars across a range of disciplines. Recordings of selected seminars may be downloaded below:

Natural Magic

David Morley

28 July 2014

Pedagogy, ecology and public art are important aspects of David Morley’s work. He has placed poems unobtrusively in natural landscapes, the purpose of which ‘was to increase the species diversity of the habitat inhabited by the poem’, and created new forms of poetry using natural configurations, patterns and settings. One of David’s enthusiasms is to place poems in ways that surprise and delight, and that have practical and playful use within the natural environment. In this engaging and entertaining “workshop” David will take us through the pragmatics and poetics of what he calls ‘Slow Poetry’.

David Morley was trained as an ecologist and carried out a substantial research project on acid rain before Margaret Thatcher shut down his laboratory. Fortunately David was also writing poetry and won an Eric Gregory Award a few months after losing his job. Morley’s poetry collections include The Gypsy and the Poet (Carcanet, 2013), a PBS Recommendation, and Biographies of Birds and Flowers: Selected Poems (Carcanet, 2014). He published Enchantment (Carcanet 2011), a Sunday Telegraph Book of the Year chosen by Jonathan Bate. The Invisible Kings (Carcanet, 2007) was a PBS Recommendation and TLS Book of the Year chosen by Les Murray. He writes for The Guardian and Poetry Review. He was one of the judges of the 2012 T.S. Eliot Prize and is judging the 2013 Foyle Young Poets of the Year. He has won fourteen writing awards and is Professor of Writing at Warwick University and Alliance Chair of Writing at Monash University

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Belief in Zamyatin’s We and Tarkovsky’s Stalker: Critique versus Legitimation of Utopian through Art

Slobodanka (Millicent) Vladiv-Glover

4 August 2014

This paper offers a comparative analysis of a novel and a film with a science fiction theme, but instead of interpreting the theme, the analysis interprets the structure of the two works. The claim is made that the narrative structure of a work (which, according to the Structuralist model, is much more encompassing than the linear narrative) is implicated in the construction of belief and value. On analysis, the value constructed in Zamyatin’s novel is that of a heterogeneous Modernist subject of the unconscious, while Tarkovsky’s film is ambivalent but could be read as a pseudo-scientific utopia of sectarian ‘pure belief’.

Slobodanka Vladiv-Glover is Adjunct Associate Professor (Research) in the School of Languages, Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics, Monash University. She is Chief Editor of The Dostoevsky Journal: An Independent Review (2000-) and Transcultural Studies: A Series in Interdisciplinary Research (2005-). Her research is in the poetics of European and Slavic Realism, Modernism and Post-Modernism and the phenomenological context (Freudian psychoanalysis, Peircean semiotics) of artistic genres (novel, drama, film). Her recent publications include “Unreason as a Constituent of Reason: The Structure of Modern Consciousness According to Dostoevsky’s The Double,” Philosophical Aspects of Dostoevsky’s Works, Stefano Aloe (ed.) (Naples: La scuola di Pitagora editrice, 2012), pp. 431-449; “Maurice Blanchot’s récit as Phenomenology of Thought: L’Arrêt de mort [Death Sentence] read through Husserl and Vygotsky,” Facta universitatis: Series Linguistics and Literature, Vol. 11, No. 2 (2012):99-107. Her latest monograph is Poetika realizma: Dostojevski, Flober, Tolstoj. [The Poetics of Realism: Dostoevsky, Flaubert, Tolstoy. Trans. into Serbian (Belgrade: “Ariadna”, Pancevo: “Mali Nemo”, 2010), 182 pp.

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Everyone’s a Critic: Mass Amateur Book Reviewing in the Digital Literary Sphere

Simone Murray

11 August 2014

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Harry Martinsson (1904-1978) and His Critique of the Machine Age

Daniel Ogden

18 August 2014

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The Elusiveness of Popularity: Canonical Writers (and Others) in Eighteenth-Century Borrowing Records

Patrick Spedding

1 September 2014

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Axel Fliethmann

8 September 2014

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The Critic in the Modern World

James Ley

15 September 2014

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For Danae’s Love: From Asclepiades to Thomas Carew

Eva Anagnostou-Laoutides

22 September 2014>

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The Question of character in Modernist Fiction: Kafka and Coetzee

Derek Attridge

19 November 2014

Monash’s Centre for Writers and Writing and Literary and Cultural Research Network are delighted to present a public lecture entitled “The Question of Character in Modernist Fiction: Kafka and Coetzee” by distinguished scholar, Professor Derek Attridge from the University of York.

One of the distinctive features of Kafka’s brand of modernism is its handling of character. If Coetzee can be regarded as a late modernist, is it useful to see him as an heir of Kafka in this regard? Starting from John Frow’s recent study Character and Person, this talk will engage with the disagreement between Gayatri Spivak and Simon During over counter-focalization in Disgrace and offer some thoughts on the peculiarities of The Childhood of Jesus.

Derek Attridge is Professor of English at at the University of York, England. He is the author or editor of twenty-one books on literary theory, poetic form, South African literature, and the writings of James Joyce. A number of publications reflect his long association with the philosopher Jacques Derrida, a selection of whose work he has edited. His best-known work of literary theory, The Singularity of Literature, raises the question of the distinctiveness of literature as a linguistic and social practice, and argues that a crucial element is the response to otherness that characterises both the writing of an inventive literary work and the reading of it as literature. His forthcoming book, The Work of Literature, to be published by Oxford University Press in 2015, continues to explore the distinctiveness of the literary work.
Professor Attridge is well-known as a scholar of South African literature, and his publications include the Cambridge History of South African Literature (co-edited with David Attwell) and a study of the novels of J. M. Coetzee. He is also a Joyce scholar, having published several works on this author and served for many years as a Trustee of the International James Joyce Foundation. Another interest is poetic form, reflected most recently in his 2013 book Moving Words: Forms of English Poetry.

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