The Newness of Poetry
My talk takes as its point of departure Derek Attridge's concept of the 'newness' (as contradistinguished to the 'originality') of poetry. Through a reading of a poem by William Wordsworth I propose to exemplify and to discuss the quality of the new in poetry - and to raise the question: Is newness the specific force of poetry?
Lis Møller, mag.art. et lic.phil., associate professor, Department for Comparative Literature, Aarhus Universitet, Co-Founder of Dansk Selskab for Romantikstudier (Danish Society for Studies of Romanticism), author of the monograph The Freudian Reading (1991) and many articles on various subjects, especially on English Romanticism and Scandinavian Modernism (Ibsen).