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Marcy L. Tanter, Gilles Couderc, Martin Malone


27 November 18


Kate Kennedy


Wilfred Owen and Beyond, 26-28 October 2018

Panel 3 (chair: Jane Potter)

Marcy L. Tanter - 'The Legacy of the Present Moment: Barnes, Duffy and Owen'

Gilles Couderc - 'Impersonating Wilfred Owen: the strange case of Xavier Hanotte'

Martin Malone - ‘"Ghost lines and ghost economies of scale": Owen’s intra-poetic afterlife'


Any study of Owen's life is by definition overshadowed by his death and the bitter irony of its timing, at the very end of the war. Unlike some of his lesser discussed contemporaries, such as Ivor Gurney and Isaac Rosenberg, Owen’s poetry has been appreciated and analysed by many scholars in previous decades. It remains enduringly popular, and has lost little of its capacity to move and shock its readers. It is taught across the country as part of the National Curriculum, and has become the lens through which we view what, with Owen’s help, has been dubbed the most literary war in history.

This conference is concerned with Owen’s afterlife. How has his work been received, and how has it changed our view of the war? What effect has his verse had on writers, composers and other intellectuals, and how has Owen himself been portrayed, appropriated and discussed posthumously?