Cite as: Francesco Giusti, Introduction to the symposium Rethinking Lyric Communities, ICI Berlin, 5 July 2022, video recording, mp4, 03:22 <>
5 Jul 2022


By Francesco Giusti

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Part of the Symposium

Rethinking Lyric Communities

From the circulation of poetic forms across different languages and traditions around the globe, through the envisioning of national and transnational discursive communities, to the use of poetry in contemporary episodes of political resistance and its dissemination on social media, lyric poetry seems to be a privileged site for an inquiry into community formation and its politics. Various theoretical approaches cast poetry in this peculiar role, from French and French-oriented political philosophy, (exemplified in the famous exchange between Maurice Blanchot and Jean-Luc Nancy begun in the 1980s), to the reevaluations — in reader-response criticism as well as in postcolonial and decolonial studies — of poetry’s roots in orality and performance.

This workshop aims to bring the investigation of historical poetic communities into dialogue with recent developments in the theory of the lyric and in theories of community. While discussing a variety of poetic phenomena in modern European poetry that have been at the center of the critical debate — the poetics of the fragment, the unworking or désœuvrement of the work, the obscurity or polysemy of language, a change of aesthetic regime —, the workshop will also explore the lyric, in its longer history and transnational features, as a particular discursive mode that may offer alternative models of community formation.

This symposium consists of three parts: an Oxford session at the Christ Church Research Centre, on 23 June 2022, a Berlin session at the ICI Berlin, on 5 July, and a poetry event, also on 5 July, at the ICI Berlin with Vahni Anthony Capildeo, Christian Hawkey, and Daniel Tiffany, who will read a selection of their poetry and offer their reflections on poetry, community and translation.


ICI Berlin
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Derek Attridge
Adele Bardazzi
Roberto Binetti
Philip Ross Bullock
Vahni Anthony Capildeo
Jonathan Culler
Irene Fantappiè
Francesco Giusti
Manuele Gragnolati
Peter D. McDonald
Emily McLaughlin
Jahan Ramazani
Laura Scuriatti
Daniel Tiffany
Anita Traninger

Organized by

Irene Fantappiè
Francesco Giusti
Laura Scuriatti
In cooperation with ICI Berlin, Bard College Berlin, and EXC Temporal Communities of FU Berlin

With the support of the Oxford-Berlin Research Partnership