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'World Needs New Tendencies in Poeting and Paintry': Representing Speed & Force in 1920s New York

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This talk will centre on William Carlos Williams’ poem, ‘The Great Figure’ (1921) and its representation on canvas by Charles Demuth that followed in 1928 in terms of confluence rather than influence. It will broach their shared concern with finding new geometries through which to perform the archetypal Modernist city: its contested spaces; its nervous vitality; its dream-like flashes of illusion. Jazz will be played.

This talk is part of the Wolfson College Lunchtime Seminar Series - Wednesdays of Full Term series.

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