Föreläsning: "Harold Norse's Friends"

  • Datum: –17.00
  • Plats: Zoommöte: https://uu-se.zoom.us/j/64607780293
  • Föreläsare: Daniel Kane (Department of English, Uppsala University)
  • Arrangör: LILAe
  • Kontaktperson: David Watson
  • Föreläsning

American 20th century poet Harold Norse’s work is often framed in the context of his friendships first, then mourned for its neglect in the dominant critical literature on 20th century American avantgarde poetry. The actual quality of his work almost always seems to not matter to those readers of Norse determined to argue that Norse’s poetry has to matter. After all, the people whom Norse befriended– W.H Auden, Allen Ginsberg, William Carlos Williams, Anais Nin, James Baldwin and beyond – were about as famous as writers could be. Surely, then, Norse must mean, and his erasure from the various histories of late modernist and Beat poetries is just another piece of evidence out there in the poetry world of the rough fate assigned to those writers whom poet Larry Fagin memorably termed “neglectorinos." In this talk, I'll discuss how Norse's not-so-great poetry’s insistent references to and pastiche of the works of those “many friends” might just be central to what our reading of Norse seeks out and finds pleasure in as opposed to recognizing some quality of unique goodness in his verse-lines. 


Daniel Kane is professor in American literature at Uppsala University. His publications include All Poets Welcome: The Lower East Side Poetry Scene in the 1960s We Saw the Light: Conversations Between the New American Cinema and Poetry, and Do You Have a Band?: Poetry and Punk Rock in New York City.

This event is organized by LILAe. Please contact David Watson (david.watson@engelska.uu.se) if you have any queries.