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The Body Poetic: Poetry Now II

December 28, 2017

“I sing the body electric”

Walt Whitman

Jointly sponsored by the University of Haifa and Tel Aviv University


10:00 – 11:00 – Keynote lecture: Stephanie Burt, Harvard University . "Don't Read Poetry." Chair: Jenn Lewin, University of Haifa

11:15-12:45 – Panel 1: Formal Bodies. Chair: Keren Omry, University of Haifa

David Caplan, Ohio Wesleyan University: HIV/AIDS and the Question of Poetic Form

Sarah Gilead, University of Haifa: Keats’s ‘This Living Hand’: Three Bodies

Roi Tartakovsky, Tel Aviv University: Rhyming Bodies and Antibodies

12:45-13:45 –

Buffet lunch

13:45-15:15 –  Panel 2: Revising the Body. Chair: Daniel Feldman, Bar-Ilan University

Deni Kasa, Tel Aviv University: Grace and the Politics of Embodiment in Milton’s Samson Agonistes

Zoe Beenstock, University of Haifa: Poetry and Other Fluids: John Stuart Mill's Affect Theory

Marcela Sulak, Bar-Ilan University: In Black and White: The Serial Poem as Dragnet

Irena Rudiakov, University of Haifa: "This Beauteous Form" - The Sonnet as a Repurposed Body in John Donne's La Corona and the Holy Sonnets

Poetry takes its key terms from corporality  and is deeply engaged with the body in both personal and political ways. Poetry Now is an annual event devoted to the research and writing of poetry in Israel. This year's conference explores how poetry maps new body identities.

Sammy and Aviva Ofer Observatory, Eshkol Tower, 30th floor, University of Haifa 

15:30-17:00 – Panel 3: Gender and the Body. Chair: Alex Feldman, University of Haifa

Sola Ogunbayo, Olabisi Onabanjo University: Mythopoeia of the Female Body in Christopher Okigbo and Ben Okri

Shira Wolosky, Hebrew University of Jerusalem: The Disciplinary Body in American Women's Poetry

Zohar Wieman-Kelman, Ben-Gurion University: The Yiddish Body Erotic-Poetic

Michal Calo, Ben-Gurion University: From Myth to Self: Muriel Rukeyser’s Reclamation of the Body

17:15-18:15 – Poetry Reading. Chair: Dara Barnat

Karen Alkalay-Gut

Rachel Tzvia Back

Stephanie Burt

David Caplan

Michael Dickel

Yosefa Raz

Poetry Now 1 program:
Roi Tartakovsky,


Poetry Now 2 program:
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