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Telling Tales, Writing Stories - 09/09/2016, Oxford (England)

This interdisciplinary colloquium brings together scholars and practitioners from the fields of English, African, Arabic, and classical literatures, as well as from the realms of performance poetry and the modern novel, to explore the diverse ways in which stories have been told from antiquity to the present day. We will consider the connections - and disjunctions - between the diverse modes and genres that have been used to weave narratives around the world and throughout history. From the spoken word to the written, from danced performances to bardic recitals, from dub poetry to the big screen of cinema, narrative is at the heart of artistic forms, illuminating the cultures which produce them and the audiences that consume them.

FECHA/DATE/DATA: 09/09/2016

LUGAR/LOCATION/LUOGO: The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities (Oxford, England)


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INSCRIPCIÓN/REGISTRATION/REGISTRAZIONE: gratis / free / gratuito: registro online / registration online / registrazione online


9.30am Coffee and pastries

Panel 1: Chaired by Oliver Taplin

10.00 Marina Warner (Birkbeck): ‘Stories without Borders: Voices on the Move’

10.45 Rosalind Thomas (Oxford): ‘Performance literature and story-telling in the Greek world: some thoughts on method and theory’

11.30am Break

Panel 2: Chaired by Stephen Harrison

11.45 Jeff Opland (Rhodes University): ‘Three very different careers: the Xhosa poets Mqhayi, Mgqwetho and Yali-Manisi’

12.30 Fiona Macintosh (Oxford): ‘Telling Tales with the Body’

1.15pm Lunch

Panel 3: Chaired by Ed Dodson

2.15 Louisa Layne (Oxford): ‘“The Bard of Brixton and the Bard of Salford”: Linton Kwesi Johnson’s interaction with John Cooper Clarke’

3.00 Henry Stead (Open): ‘The Only Tone for Terror: Tony Harrison and the Film Poem’

3.45pm Coffee

Panel 4: Chaired by Justine McConnell

4.00 Wen-chin Ouyang (SOAS): ‘The Erudite Concubine: Class, Gender and Genre Boundaries’

4.45 Elleke Boehmer (Oxford): ‘Eavesdropping or Broadcasting – how to tell stories in the dark’

5.30 Closing remarks and discussion

6pm Drinks

6.30pm Performance by poet Caleb Femi

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