POETRY TODAY

POETRY TODAY

Seminar, October 20-21, 2009.

Poetry Today, Seminar, October 20-21, 2009. A collaboration between The Nordic Department, The Department of Language, Literature and Culture, The Department of Aesthetic Studies, The Doctoral School in Arts and Aesthetics and Verbale Puppiller.

VENUE: AARHUS UNIVERSITY BUILDING 1451, ROOM 120 (IN THE NOBEL PARK), JENS CHR. SKOUSVEJ 3, 8000 AARHUS C.

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Eva Müller-Zettelmann

AbstractsPosted by Lasse Gammelgaard Tue, October 06, 2009 14:15:17

Lyric Story-Telling

Poetry is one of the few literary modes perceived to be situated outside the ever-widening narrative realm. Indeed, its non-narrativity is often cited as its most salient characteristic, with the lyric mode allegedly being all that the narrative is not: a-temporal, non-spatial, non-dynamic, non-specific, anti-illusionist.

This paper attempts to demonstrate that the lyric is and always has been heavily reliant on narrativity and its various textual strategies. While poetry does indeed at times present itself as a text type which features a disembodied, linguistically self-conscious voice reflecting on the timeless truths of the human condition, it rarely does so without resorting to devices of a clear narrative nature in order to heighten a text’s mimetic and emotional appeal.


Eva Mueller-Zettelmann is an associate professor at the University of Vienna. She studied in Graz and Oxford, has collaborated with Monika Fludernik and Ansgar Nuenning and has been appointed external expert to the Hamburg Interdisciplinary Centre of Narratology. Her work focusses on narratology, the theory of poetry, cognitive theory and contemporary British poetry.




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