Organisation : Alexandra Poulain
“DESIRE”JAPANESE WATERCOLOUR WOODCUT
Printed on Kozo Washi
Artist: Kate MacDonagh
IYS wishes to express its deepest gratitude to Kate Mac Donagh for allowing us to use this image.
Call for papers :
Yeats and Eros:
The topic of this year’s conference, “Yeats and Eros”, invites reappraisals of Yeats’s manifold and often unconventional explorations of the erotic in all its guises. Papers may address the ways in which he toys with and renews the conventions of love poetry; the embodied representations of desire on the stage, in speech, song or dance; the space Yeats makes throughout his oeuvre for the visibility and audibility of unorthodox desires (the desire of the old; queer desire; illicit desires); the erotics of delay and frustration on page and stage. Equally of interest are biographically-oriented papers investigating, for instance, the erotics of collaboration in the writing of A Vision, or indeed in all of Yeats’s collaborative ventures with fellow artists, writers and performers of both genders.
Yeats and Paris:
are also invited on the topic of Yeats and Paris. These can deal with
any topic related to Yeats’ many visits to the city, including his
formative stays in the 1890s. Papers can address his relationship to
Symbolism or the life and/or works of French writers such as Paul
Verlaine, Villiers de l’Isle-Adam or Stéphane Mallarmé. Also later
movements and writers associated with France—including for instance
fellow Irishmen such as Synge and Beckett, or Francophone writers
responding to Yeats—may be a theme for papers. Another possibility is to
look at references and allusions to Paris or France in Yeats’ poems or
prose, or how his writings can be more generally contextualized in
relation to Paris’s role as a geographical centre of literary modernism.
Proposals for 20-mn long papers (including performance papers) should be sent to Alexandra Poulain (firstname.lastname@example.org) before 9 September 2019. Please note that all speakers are required to be paid members of IYS.