The Laura (Riding) Jackson Board of Literary Management, established by Mrs. Jackson’s Will in 1991, is scheduled to transfer its responsibilities to the Cornell University Library at the end of December 2010, also in accordance with her Will. To mark the occasion, the Board has arranged to hold a scholarly conference centered on the theme “Laura (Riding) Jackson in the Twenty-First Century” (.pdf link). The conference will be held in the Carl A. Kroch Library at Cornell on Thursday, October 28, 2010, where the Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections will host a reception and assemble an exhibition. Here is the program:
Session One 9:30 – 11:00 a.m.
Moderator: Mark Jacobs
Carla Billitteri, University of Maine
A “Visibility of Blindness”: Laura (Riding) Jackson’s Poetics of Intuition
Jack Blackmore,Nottingham Trent University
Notes for a reading of “One Self” by Laura Riding
Christina Whitney, University of Denver
Poetry as “Lying Discourse”: Laura (Riding) Jackson’s Growing Distrust of Rhetorical Poetics
Session Two 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Moderator: Elizabeth Friedmann
Jeff Hamilton, Washington University
Kairotic Rhetoric and the Counter-pastoral in Laura Riding’s Though Gently
Roxanne Warwick, Nottingham Trent University
‘The Courtesies of Authorship’: Laura (Riding) Jackson and the Establishment of English
Barrett Watten, Wayne State University
The House of Language: Laura (Riding) Jackson’s Rational Meaning and the Truth of Experience
Session Three 2:00 – 3:30 p.m.
Moderator: John Nolan
Julia Fiedorczuk, University of Warsaw
A Home Made of Words: Some Remarks on The Telling
Carroll Ann Friedmann, University of Virginia
The Spirituality of Being Men and Women
Anett Jessop, University of California, Davis
Laura (Riding) Jackson’s “Universal Linguistic Solution”
Reception 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
The finding aid for the Laura (Riding) Jackson papers is available online from Cornell (link).
Several of the scholars presenting at the conference have NPF connections:
Carla Billitteri is a member of the NPF’s editorial collective and has participated in a number of our conferences. She published her article “The Passion of Becoming an Object” in Paideuma 35.1-2.
Jeff Hamilton attended our 2004 conference on Poetries of the 1940s, where he presented his paper “Robert Duncan’s ‘Grammar of Poetics’ and the Pre-Chomskyan Linguistic Sublime.”
Mark Jacobs contributed to Paideuma 33.1, in which he reviewed A Survey of Modernist Poetry and A Pamphlet Against Anthologies, both by Laura Riding and Robert Graves.
Barrett Watten has attended all of our conferences since 1993. His keynote talk from 2000, “The Turn to Language after the 1960s,” subsequently appeared in Critical Inquiry. In 2006, he organized a panel for the NPF at the Modernist Studies Association conference in Tulsa. Those papers subsequently appeared in Paideuma 35.3 with Watten’s introduction, “Faultlines in Poetics: Culture / Politics / Economics / Generation.” His review of Libbie Rifkin’s Career Moves appeared in Sagetrieb 18.1. A well-known poet as well as scholar, he is one of the anchoring figures in the NPF’s anthology of Language Writing, In the American Tree, edited by Ron Silliman.