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UPDATED: Plath Symposium information

The Sylvia Plath 75th Year Symposium at Oxford, UK The Sylvia Plath 75th Year Symposium, to be held at Oxford from October 25-29, 2007, commemorates the 75th birthday of this influential American writer with a literary conference and multi-disciplinary art programs. The event is sponsored by Oxford's Rothermere American Institute and English Faculty, and Indiana University's Department of English and Office of the Chancellor, which hosted the Sylvia Plath 70th Year Symposium (, and now extends the 2002 interdisciplinary events to include new art forms. Co-directed by Sally Bayley of Oxford and Visiting Scholar Kathleen Connors of Indiana University, the project brings together renowned international scholars, biographers and students, as well as poets, musicians, actors, and visual artists who share an interest in the works of Plath. The central organizing theme of the Symposium is Sylvia Plath’s artistic “process and product,” a concentration t

Anticipated 2007 Sylvia Plath publications

The following is a list of anticipated publications in 2007 about Plath. This list will be revised and updated in new posts as soon as information is available. It appears to be an active year of Plath scholarship; let's hope that the essays and longer works contribute new ideas and perspectives on Plath's writing and life. The Unraveling Archive: Essays on Sylvia Plath. Edited by Anita Helle. Published by University of Michigan Press, forthcoming. Your Own, Sylvia: A Verse Portrait of Sylvia Plath. By Stephanie Hemphill. Published by Knopf Books for Young Readers, 13 March 2007. Sylvia Plath (Bloom's Modern Critical Views). Edited by Harold Bloom. Published by Chelsea House, 30 March 2007. Sylvia Plath's Poetry (Reader's Guides). By Linda Wagner-Martin. Published by Continuum International Publishing Group, 8 May 2007. Eye Rhymes: Sylvia Plath's Art of the Visual. Edited by Kathleen Connors and Sally Bayley. Published by Oxford University Press, Fall 2007.

The Sylvia Plath 75th Year Symposium

The second Sylvia Plath Symposium will be held at the University of Oxford from 25-29 October, 2007. Organized by Dr. Sally Bayley and Kathleen Connors, of Oxford and Indiana University, respectively, the Oxford event follows the successful 2002 symposium and 'Eye Rhymes' exhibition. Featured speakers include A. Alvarez, Steven Gould Axelrod, Tracy Brain, Christina Britzolakis, Lynda K. Bundtzen, Langdon Hammer, Anita Helle, Tim Kendall, Karen V. Kukil, Richard Larschan, Diane Middlebrook, Robin Peel, Anne Stevenson with Dr. Martin Schäetzle, and Linda Wagner-Martin. The Call for Papers is open until 15 May, 2007 with notification and booking commencing the following month. For more information, visit the web site at or check here for more updates. To coincide, Oxford University Press will release Eye Rhymes: Sylvia Plath's Art of the Visual , a 320 page monograph with 32 pages of color plates and 34 of black and white half tones. Priced at only

Julia Stiles' "Bell Jar" movie

from Reuters, Wednesday 25 April 2007: Sylvia Plath novel rings "Bell" for Stiles By Gregg Goldstein NEW YORK (Hollywood Reporter) - Julia Stiles will star in and produce an adaptation of Sylvia Plath's autobiographical novel "The Bell Jar." The actress and her representatives at Creative Artists Agency spent two years optioning rights to the coveted project from French producers StudioCanal, and closed the deal Friday. The 1950s-era drama centers on young book editor Esther Greenwood (Stiles), who grows troubled by the social trappings of her time and slowly descends into mental illness.Principal photography is tentatively expected to begin in early 2008. Also producing are indie firms Plum Pictures and Killer Films. A 1979 version starred Marilyn Hassett. Since then, rights to the only novel by the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet (published around the time of her suicide in 1963) have been held by several parties. Gwyneth Paltrow starred in a 2003 biopic of Plath&

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I am not necessarily a fan of blogs, but I cannot update my web site, , due to server issues. So, I hope that this will allow me to update Plath scholars and fans of happenings in the Plath world.