UK Major Grant Award for e-lit: ‘Poetry Beyond Text’

February 1, 2009 in Other News

British Arts and Humanities Research Council has awarded a major grant (£440,000 over 2 years) to ‘Poetry Beyond Text,’ which will include investigations into “digital poetry, books of poetry and photography, artists’ books and concrete and pattern poetry.”

This grant marks another sign of international interest and national arts investment in the exploration of electronic literature.

Below is news from their announcement:

Researchers at the Universities of Dundee and Kent have just been awarded a major grant from the Arts and Humanities Research Council, to study poetry ‘beyond text’.

The project, entitled Poetry Beyond Text: Vision, Text and Cognition involves researchers in English, Comparative Literature, Psychology and Fine Art in a 2-year partnership between the two universities. The team will be led by Dr Andrew Michael Roberts of the Dundee School of Humanities English Programme.

Funded by the AHRC’s multi-million pound Beyond Text Scheme, the project will combine the methods of literary criticism, creative practice and human experimental psychology to study a wide range of works: digital poetry, books of poetry and photography, artists’ books and concrete and pattern poetry. Involving poets, artists, scholars, scientists, students and members of the public, it will explore some of the rich interactions of text and image in contemporary culture, and produce both creative and analytical results, to be made available through exhibitions, new works of art, a website and an on-line gallery.

Researchers:
Dr Andrew Michael Roberts, Dr Martin Fischer, Dr Mary Modeen (University of Dundee);
Dr Anna Katharina Schaffner, Dr Ulrich Weger (University of Kent)

Contacts:
Dr Andrew Roberts – email A.M.Roberts[at]dundee.ac.uk

Dr Anna Katharina Schaffner – email A.K.Schaffner[at]kent.ac.uk