The Helsinki Poetics Conference 2006: Tradition and Transformation

Finnish

The second Helsinki Poetics Conference was held on Tuesday, August 22, 2006 from 10 AM to 16.30 PM. As last year, the conference took place in the Music Hall of the Old Student House, Mannerheimintie 5, Helsinki.

The Conference was organized by the Poetry Society Nihil Interit, the cultural and literary magazines niin&näin, Nuori Voima, and Tuli&Savu, the departments of literature at The University of Helsinki, the Finnish Literary Research Society, and The Scholar’s Union of Finland (Tutkijaliitto). The Conference was part of Runokuu /Poetry Month festival. Poetry Month is part of Helsinki Festival 2006.

Program & links to stuff

Morning 10 to 12 AM. Chair Anna Hollsten

Jesper Olsson: Avantgardets tradition och remediering (in Swedish)
Comments: Fredrik Hertzberg (in Swedish), Miia Toivio

Afternoon 13 to 16.30 PM: A Symposium On Runosta runoon. Chair: Risto Niemi-Pynttäri

13 to 13.40 PM: General Observations: Three comments

Tere Vadén: Suomen kieli, Suomen mieli? Paikallisuus vs. kulttuuri-imperialismi
Leevi Lehto: Vaikutteiden paradoksit. Provinsialismi vs. maailmanrunouden mahdollisuus (The Paradoxes of Influence: Provincialism versus the Possibility of World Poetry)
Sakari Katajamäki: Runosta runoon ja pois. Teos, vastaanotto, herätteet
Discussion

13.50 to 15.00 PM: Paavo Haavikko’s Kaksikymmentä ja yksi (One and Twenty) Revisited

Anselm Hollo: Translator’s word
Johanna Pentikäinen: Kaksikymmentä ja yksi – Historia, kansanrunous ja runous (One And Twenty – History, folk poetry and poetry)
Comments:
Rachel Blau Du Plessis (USA, in English)
Jarkko Tontti (in English)

15.20-16.30 PM: Foreign and domestic influences in most recent Finnish poetry

Initial comments by Jukka Koskelainen, Teemu Manninen
Discussion

About Speakers & Works

Jesper Olsson is a Swedish literary scholar whose dissertation, Alfabetets användning, Konret poesi och poetisk artefaktion i svenskt 1960-tal (OEI Editör) was published in 2005. He is member of the editorial board of the poetry magazine OEI and writes criticism for Svenska Dagbladet. OEI’s next issue, to be published in August 2006, will concentrate on contemporary Finnish poetry.

Runosta runoon (From Poem to Poem, WSOY 2004), ed. by Sakari Katajamäki and Johanna Pentikäinen, is one of the most important and debated scholarly contributions to the discussion on poetry and poetics in Finland recently. In the book, 15 scholars and poets explore Finnish poems in the context of the Western Canon.

Paavo Haavikko’s Kaksikymmentä ja yksi (1974) will soon be published in Anselm Hollo’s English translation as One and Twenty. Johanna Pentikäinen’s 2002 dissertation was on Haavikko’s ”mythical works”. She also contributed an essay on Kaksikymmentä ja yksi for Runosta runoon.

Rachel Blau DuPlessis is an American poet and a feminist literary critic whose most recent works are Genders, Races, and Religious Cultures in Modern American Poetry, 1908-1934 (Cambridge University Press, 2001) and DRAFTS. Drafts 39-57, Pledge with Draft, Unnumbered: Précis (Salt Publishing, 2004).

Background

The first Helsinki Poetics Conference was held in August 2005.

The members of planning group for the 2006 Conference are Leevi Lehto (chairman), Antti Arnkil, Anna Hollsten, Janna Kantola, Olli Sinivaara, Miia Toivio, and Jarkko Tontti.

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