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Authors:Geert Buelens: Utrecht University, Netherlands / Stellenbosch University, South Africa
Publication title:Lyricist’s Lyrical Lyrics: Widening the Scope of Poetry Studies by Claiming the Obvious
Conference:Current Issues in European Cultural Studies; June 15–17; Norrköping; Sweden 2011
Publication type: Abstract and Fulltext
Issue:062
Article No.:052
Abstract:Poetry is all but absent from Cultural Studies. Most treatments of the genre tend to focus on canonized poets whose work is wilfully difficult and obscure. Alternative histories should be explored; opening up possibilities to view poetry again as a culturally relevant art form. The demotic and popular strain provides a case in point. From the Romantics onwards modern poetry linked itself with oral or folk traditions like the ballad. Socially the most popular of these forms is the pop lyric. Since the 1950s rock lyrics have been studied in Social Studies; Cultural Studies; Musicology and some English Departments; but rarely within the context of Poetics or Comparative Literature. Rap and canonized singer-songwriters like Dylan and Cohen are the exceptions to the rule. Systematic attention to both lyrics and performance may open up current ideas of what a poem is and how it works.
Language:English
Year:2011
No. of pages:10
Pages:495-504
ISBN:978-91-7519-993-1
Series:Linköping Electronic Conference Proceedings
ISSN (print):1650-3686
ISSN (online):1650-3740
File:http://www.ep.liu.se/ecp/062/052/ecp11062052.pdf
Available:2011-11-22
Publisher:Linköping University Electronic Press; Linköpings universitet

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Geert Buelens (2011). Lyricist’s Lyrical Lyrics: Widening the Scope of Poetry Studies by Claiming the Obvious, Current Issues in European Cultural Studies; June 15–17; Norrköping; Sweden 2011 http://www.ep.liu.se/ecp_article/index.en.aspx?issue=062;article=052 (accessed 11/22/2014)