Editing poetry (19th–21st century). History, actors, modes of creation and circulation (Sorbonne Nouvelle)

Editing poetry (19th–21st century). History, actors, modes of creation and circulation

3rd session, March 22, 2023, 4-7 p.m.

Elisa Grilli, “The poetic revival in the “literary and artistic reviews” of the end of the 19th century: who holds the pen? »
The aim will be to present the methods and challenges of publishing poetry in a corpus of “literary and artistic” journals from the end of the 19th century, such as L’Ermitage or bilingual journals such as Anthologie-Revue de France and of Italy (1897-1900) or Poesia (1909). We will discuss the conditions of existence and behind the scenes of these reviews born of the need for recognition of “young” poets who thus find a place in the literary field. To the question of material, economic and financial constraints is added the collective dimension of this type of hybrid media object which leads to the publication of a fragmented and plural work: how is the choice of texts and collaborators decided, for example, how is the sorting of the “copy” organized, how is the layout of the poems received handled? The publication of excerpts or “fragments” gives the impression of a mosaic of poetic works in a space of collective publication. They often resonate with images, and give rise to effects of meaning depending on the context of publication, determining reception effects. Above all, through the notion of mediapoetics, we will think about the possibility of a shift in the writing and production of the poets who rub shoulders in the review, respond to each other from one issue to another, even from one review to the other. We hypothesize that the circulation of the poems in France and abroad and their eventual translations and illustrations in these eclectic journals favored the search for experimentation and was one of the means of avant-garde renewal.

Elisa Grilli, associate professor of modern letters, doctor in comparative literature is the author of a thesis, defended in May 2022, on the networks of journals from North to South of Europe, under the direction of Evanghelia Stead ( UVSQ): “Networked journals and the Renaissance (Great Britain, France, Italy, Spain and Catalonia, 1890-1909)”. She has contributed to several journal volumes, including The Oxford Critical and Cultural History of Modernist Magazines (Peter Brooker, Sacha Bru, Andrew Thacker, and Christian Weikop (ed.), Oxford University Press, 2013); Europe of reviews II, 1860-1930, Networks and circulation of models (E. Stead and H. Védrine (dir.), PUPS, 2018). Among recent publications: an article on the launch of the “Manifesto of Futurism” (1909) in the Revue d’Histoire littéraire de la France (n° 1, Paris, Classique Garnier, 2020) and another on the issues of cultural transfers in L’Anthologie-Revue de France et d’Italie (1897-1900), (Alessandra Marangoni, Julien Schuh (dir.), Writers and artists in review. Circulation of ideas and images in the periodical press between France and Italy ( 1880-1940), Torino, Rosenberg and Sellier, 2022).

Pierre Loubier and Barbara Pascarel, “Léon-Paul Fargue: the poet and his publishers”
Born in 1876, Léon-Paul Fargue belongs to the so-called “crisis of symbolist values” generation. The celebrity brought by his Parisian chronicles in the 1930s and 1940s (Le Piéton de Paris) sometimes tends to eclipse a fluctuating and sensitive, lyrical and whimsical poetic work, in verse as in prose. Fargue is also a perfectionist poet: Art is a question of commas… His delays, his procrastination, his reluctance to publish, his scruples and repentances testify to complex relationships both with the published text and with its various publishers.
The conference will focus on the history of the publication of the first collections up to and including Ludions (Fourcade, 1930) starting with Tancrède (Pan, 1895; Larbaud, 1911; Gallimard, 1943) then Poèmes (Royer, 1907, Gallimard 1912, 1919, 1931, 1944), For music, (Gallimard, 1914, 1919, 1944) Thicknesses and Vulturne (Gallimard, 1928, 1929). Part of the presentation will be devoted to illustrated collections.

Barbara Pascarel, Head of the Library at New York University in Paris, Doctor of Letters, Regent of the College of ‘Pataphysics. Author of a critical bibliography of Léon-Paul Fargue, of an essay on the four pieces of the Ubud’Alfred Jarry cycle and of contributions to the Ludions bulletin, published since 1996 by the Léon-Paul Fargue Readers’ Society which she has co-founded with Pierre Loubier. She established, annotated and prefaced volume I of the Complete Works of Léon-Paul Fargue published by Sandre (L’Esprit de Paris, Chroniques parisiennes 1934-1947) and is currently preparing with Pierre Loubier volume II (poems and prose), and Volume III (Writings on Art and Literature, various chronicles).

Pierre Loubier, professor emeritus of 19th century French literature at the University of Poitiers. Essays on the poetry of the city, The Poet in the Labyrinth; on Laforgue Jules Laforgue, the juvenile organ, and on the elegy, Sentinels of Pain – The Plaintive Voice, Elegy, History, Society under the Restoration. Articles on Chénier, Treneuil, Vigny, Hugo, Sainte-Beuve, Ballanche, Lamartine, Balzac, Nerval, Baudelaire, Corbière, Verlaine, Cendrars, Fargue, Larbaud, Carco, Jacob, Michaux, Temple, Goffette. Co-founder and secretary of the Society of Readers of Léon-Paul Fargue and its bulletin Ludions (21 issues published). Currently preparing with Barbara Pascarel volumes II and III of the Complete Works of Léon-Paul Fargue.

The session can be followed online. To obtain the connection link, write to: serge.linares@sorbonne-nouvelle.fr

Editing poetry (19th–21st century). History, actors, modes of creation and circulation (Sorbonne Nouvelle)