Many of this blog's readers might be interested in an update on the Sylvia Plath 2012 Symposium to be held in October at Indiana University at Bloomington, Indiana. Well, you will be satisfied by this post I hope.
Please note that abstracts to present a paper on a panel are still being accepted and will be considered through September, or until spaces are all filled. If you do not yet have your full abstract, but plan to attend, please send the topic heading asap to Kathleen Connors at plath70ATindianaDOTedu.
Sylvia Plath Symposium 2012 confirmed featured speakers to date:
Janet Badia on Ms. Magazine's contribution to Plath readership
Catherine Bowman on poetic process; use of the Plath archives
Tracy Brain on Plath and the medical world
Bill Buckley on five years of publishing Plath Profiles journal and international participants
Lynda K. Bundtzen on Plath's 1958 poems and the unconscious, the Bee Sequence poems, and "A Self to Recover" exhibition works of Linda Adele Goodine, Boris Lurie, Kristina Zimbakova, Stella Vine.
Heather Clark on Otto Plath's FBI files, Plath’s German heritage
Ross Gay on poetic process
Amanda Golden on Plath in Devon, Modernism and "Lady Lazarus"
Linda Adele Goodine on creative process and the unconscious; "Bee Asana: The Healing of Plath" video and "Seneca Honey Series" photos
Langdon Hammer on literary biography; James Merrill's use of the Ouija in poetry; Plath's German, "Daddy"
Suzie Hanna and Tim Simmons on use of the Lilly Library archives and "The Girl Who Could Be God" animation and music
Christoph Irmscher on the use of Lilly Library archives in teaching
Karen V. Kukil on the use of Smith College Plath archives in teaching; "Fever 103°" and its archival references
Peter K. Steinberg on Plath Profiles and Sylvia Plath Info online sites; Plath and The New Yorker
David Trinidad on poetic process; use of the Plath archives in poetry; Plath's biographical references in October Poems.
Plath and Motherhood/Maternity
Plath and nature/place
Plath and female embodiment/suffering
Plath influence on international poets
Plath and Sexton/Plath and Hughes texts
Plath and publishing/publishers
Plath and death, psychic suffering and creativity
Plath and religion
Plath and artistic identity/poetics
Plath influences from Sitwell/Dickinson
Single poems: "The Thin People"; "A Birthday Present"; "Daddy"; "Lady Lazarus"; "Ariel"
Theoretical interpretations of Ariel
Non-Ariel texts: The Bell Jar, transitional poems
Are you presenting? Are you coming to just attend? What do you think of the program thus far? More details will be posted as they become available. I plan on live blogging from the Symposium, as well as live tweeting. So if you cannot make it, I hope to be able give you a sense of what it is like for the events and panels that I attend; and I hope to possibly coordinate blog updates with fellow attendees in events and panels that I opt not to attend.
An official Symposium website will be up in the near future.
Publications & Acknowledgements
- BBC Four.A Poet's Guide to Britain: Sylvia Plath. London: BBC Four, 2009. (Acknowledged in)
- Biography: Sylvia Plath. New York: A & E Television Networks, 2005. (Photographs used)
- Connell, Elaine. Sylvia Plath: Killing the angel in the house. 2d ed. Hebden Bridge: Pennine Pens, 1998. (Acknowledged in)
- Crowther, Gail and Peter K. Steinberg. "These Ghostly Archives." Plath Profiles 2. Summer 2009: 183-208.
- Crowther, Gail and Peter K. Steinberg. "These Ghostly Archives, Redux." Plath Profiles 3. Summer 2010: 232-246.
- Crowther, Gail and Peter K. Steinberg. "These Ghostly Archives 3." Plath Profiles 4. Summer 2011: 119-138.
- Crowther, Gail and Peter K. Steinberg. "These Ghostly Archives 4: Looking for New England." Plath Profiles 5. Summer 2012: 11-56.
- Crowther, Gail and Peter K. Steinberg. "These Ghostly Archives 5: Reanimating the Past." Plath Profiles 6. Summer 2013: 27-62.
- Death Be Not Proud: The Graves of Poets. New York: Poets.org. (Photographs used)
- Doel, Irralie, Lena Friesen and Peter K. Steinberg. "An Unacknowledged Publication by Sylvia Plath." Notes & Queries 56:3. September 2009: 428-430.
- Elements of Literature, Third Course. Austin, Tex. : Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 2009. (Photograph used)
- Helle, Anita. "Lessons from the Archive: Sylvia Plath and the Politics of Memory". Feminist Studies 31:3. Fall 2005: 631-652.. (Acknowledged in)
- Helle, Anita Plath. The Unraveling Archive: Essays on Sylvia Plath. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2007. (Photographs used, acknowledged in)
- Holden, Constance. "Sad Poets' Society." Science Magazine. 27 July 2008. (Photograph used)
- Making Trouble: Three Generations of Funny Jewish Women, Motion Picture. Directed by Rachel Talbot. Brookline (Mass.): Jewish Women's Archive, 2007. (Photograph used)
- Plath, Sylvia, and Karen V. Kukil. 2000. The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath, 1950-1962. New York: Anchor Books. (Acknowledged in)
- Gill, Jo. "Sylvia Plath in the South West." University of Exeter Centre for South West Writing, 2008. (Photograph used)
- Reiff, Raychel Haugrud. Sylvia Plath: The Bell Jar and Poems (Writers and Their Works). Marshall Cavendish Children's Books, 2008.. (Images provided)
- Plath, Sylvia. Glassklokken. Oslo: De norske Bokklubbene, 2004. (Photograph used on cover)
- Steinberg, Peter K. Sylvia Plath (Great Writers). Philadelphia: Chelsea House Publishers, 2004.
- Steinberg, Peter K. "'I Should Be Loving This': Sylvia Plath's 'The Perfect Place' and The Bell Jar." Plath Profiles 1. Summer 2008: 253-262.
- Steinberg, Peter K. "'They Had to Call and Call': The Search for Sylvia Plath." Plath Profiles 3. Summer 2010: 106-132.
- Steinberg, Peter K. "Sylvia Plath." The Spoken Word: Sylvia Plath. London: British Library, 2010.
- Steinberg, Peter K. "This is a Celebration: A Festschrift for The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath." Plath Profiles 3 Supplement. Fall 2010: 3-14.
- Steinberg, Peter K. "Proof of Plath." Fine Books & Collections 9:2. Spring 2011: 11-12.
- Steinberg, Peter K. "A Perfectly Beautiful Time: Sylvia Plath at Camp Helen Storrow." Plath Profiles 4. Summer 2011: 149-166.
- Steinberg, Peter K. "Textual Variations in The Bell Jar Publications." Plath Profiles 5. Summer 2012.
- "Banking on his passion for Plath" by Melissa Davis Haller. UMW Today. Spring 2005.
- "Sylvia Plath's Three Women to be staged in London" by Alison Flood. The Guardian. 3 December 2008.
- "FBI files on Sylvia Plath's father shed new light on poet" by Dalya Alberge. The Guardian. 17 August 2012.
- "There Are Almost No Obituaries for Sylvia Plath" by Ashley Fetters. The Atlantic. 11 February 2013.