Imagining the National Landscape: Poetry and Film — Feb 27

This event will be of interest to anyone intrigued by the relationship between poetry and nationalism. The event hopes to interrogate the way in which poetry has been used to engage specific national agendas, ideas of cultural heritage, and the manner in which we speak to geographic space. Using Greece as a specific example, Annie Demosthenous (who recently completed her DPhil in modern Greek poetry and nationalism) will analyse a UNESCO-endorsed short film “The Poets Sing Greece” to show how certain tropes or concepts feed into specific national discourses. This film is a reading of Greek poetry (with English subtitles) from ancient times until the present set to evocative images of Greek scenery. “The Poets Sing Greece” is followed by a film version of Cavafy’s “Ithaka” read by Sean Connery in English. We hope to finish off the event with a short open discussion on the material presented. Refreshments will be provided.
Place: Worcester College, Lecture Room B
Date: Wednesday, 27 Feb
Time: 8 pm
Hosts: Oxford Poetry Society and the Oxford University Greek Society
Cost: FREE

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