Situating lyric

First biennial conference of International Network for the Study of Lyric

Boston University June 7–11, 2017

The theory of lyric poetry is at a breakthrough moment: after a period of relative neglect, multiple new models and approaches have been put forth in recent years. Some emphasize basic features and constituents of lyric, others its functions, still others the shifting purposes of the label over time. There is increased interest in the relationship among lyric, poetry more generally, and other literary modalities and genres. At the same time, these new theoretical interventions are not consistently in conversation with each other, especially across national or linguistic lines. It is time to bring together scholars who are working toward a new understanding of the theoretical situation of lyric and poetry. Boston University with its rich traditions of literary study is an ideal site for hosting a transnational, historically wide-ranging, collaborative inquiry into the situation of both “lyric” and “poetry” in literary history, in world literature, and in other arenas of language use and art.

This conference is co-organized by the International Network for the Study of Lyric (INSL), a nonprofit association of scholars interested in the theory of poetry. Its purpose is to promote and encourage the interdisciplinary study of poetry, lyric and verse in various languages, forms, media, and functions. In particular, it aims at an interdisciplinary and international exchange of approaches, conceptual frameworks, and theoretical advances relating to the study of poetry and the lyric. In this spirit we intend to bring together in Boston scholars from different fields to discuss the situating of “lyric.” The conference language will be English.

More information, as it becomes available, will appear on the Boston University website for “Situating Lyric” : .