Creative Writing and poetry: a panel on the changing contexts of poetry in England
John McauliffeConference Room
Addressing the absence of poetry in Mark McGurl’s account of the Program Era, Loren Glass argues that poetry is “the ‘purer’ product of the Program Era,” since poetry, “by contrast […] remains resolutely useless in an economic sense (if not entirely uncontaminated by the logic of capitalism).” Considering the recent history of creative writing in the UK, from the first graduate programme at the UEA in the 1970s to the present day, in which over 500 undergraduate
creative writing courses are offered by around 100 institutions, this panel asks how contemporary poetics have indexed the changing pedagogical and institutional contexts of poetry in the university.
Lucy Burns addresses this question of the utility or value of poetry, by examining the recent poetry and fiction of UEA doctoral graduate, Sam Riviere, this presentation analyses use and uselessness in Riviere’s generative poetics.
Joey Connolly will reflect on the different contexts for thinking about and documenting poetry and its outcomes at university level and in private providers including The Poetry School and the Faber Academy.
John McAuliffe will examine changing ideas of Creativity and productivity, ideas prevalent in UK universities, and whether they may be seen to affect Creative Writing curriculum and, more speculatively, some developments in recent English poetry and poetics.
JT Welsch will consider the challenges and possibilities for integrating practice-based creative writing pedagogy into the critical study of literature. An MA module called ‘The Making of Modern Poems’ provides a case study, using a responsive workshop model based on Charles Bernstein’s notion of ‘wreading’ (or reading through writing).