Lorrie Goldensohn, Vincent Trott, Laura McKenzie, Elizabeth Vandiver
28 October 18
Wilfred Owen and Beyond, 26-28 October 2018
Panel 5 (chair: Elizabeth Vandiver)
Lorrie Goldensohn - 'Wilfred Owen and the American Poet in Vietnam'
Vincent Trott - â€˜"A hero poet of anti-war": publishing and teaching Wilfred Owenâ€™s poetry during the 1960s'
Laura McKenzie - â€˜"A hallucinated telescope into the cluttered thick of it": Ted Hughes and Wilfred Owen'
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, Owenâ€™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 Owenâ€™s help, has been dubbed the most literary war in history.
This conference is concerned with Owenâ€™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?