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Dr Cornelia Grabner


Cornelia Grabner

Confucious Institute



Tel: +44 1524 593006

Research overview

Cornelia researches on poetry and the public, and on poetic language and grassroots and activist politics. She focuses on the Poetics of Resistance and contemporary committed writing, and on the poetic word in its spoken and conversational manifestations. Her research is comparative on Western Europe and the Americas.

Further lines of research include the poetic word in resistance to neoliberal capitalism in cities and urban areas; politically committed performance poetry collectives; and non-lyric poetic imaginaries throughout the 20th and 21st century. She holds a specialist interest in Mexican committed writing from the 1970s to the present.

PhD supervision

performance poetry; literature, social movements and the public sphere; comparative literary studies; contemporary Latin American literature Proposals may take a comparative approach or may focus on the literature of particular countries.

Research Interests

My research moves within and in-between three related areas: contemporary committed writing from Europe and the Americas, whereby 'committed' refers to the commitment to the resistance and the building of alternatives to capitalism; spoken and written expressions of the poetic imagination in the spirit of high-intensity democracy and emergent non-capitalist, anti-patriarchal alternatives to the status quo; and alternative ways of conversationally articulating knowledge, analysis and critical thinking.

Committed Writing, Spoken Word Poetry, and the Poetic Word

‘The poetic word’ as a category was coined as an alternative to ‘literature’, to account for the world-making (not necessarily aesthetic) force of the verbal imagination beyond and outside of traditional and emergent cultural hierarchies. It may be articulated by one speaker or by a collective voice, written or spoken. It can be part of performance or spoken word poetry, of prose genres like the novel or the essay, and it is usually non-lyrical and interacts with a context, for example the escalation of neoliberal violence.

The Poetic Word in the Neoliberal City

Living in Manchester sensitized me to the complex experience of those palimpsesistc cities were the industrial, the post-industrial and the neoliberal co-exist in an everyday experience which often does not function according to a linear sense of temporality. From this emerges a complex urban poeticity that interweaves past and present. The complexity of this experience is often de-recognized by, or falls by the wayside of a rhetoric of linear progress. In my research – most recently, on the Mersey poets – I seek to expose the intersections between the disdain with which sectors of the urban population and elements of urban culture are regarded by those in (cultural and / or political) power, and the complicity of such disdain with urban (cultural or territorial) dispossession.

Poetics of Resistance

The ‘Poetics of Resistance’ developed out of a research network of the same name. They are an anti-hierarchical methodology that builds ‘literacies of resistances’ and critically intervenes against disdain. The Poetics of Resistance require a constant critical consideration of the locus of enunciation of the speaker and the power dynamics that inform their relationship with their interlocutors.

For a special issue on 'Poetics of Resistance', edited together with David Wood, see <http://cosmosandhistory.org/index.php/journal/issue/view/10>

For an ongoing blog project see https://wordpress.poeticsofresistance.com

Additional Information

Secured Funding

2011: British Academy Overseas Conference Grant for the Congress of the International Association for the Study of the Americas, Rio de Janeiro, July 2011 (£800)

Presentation of paper entitled 'Dissident Encounters: Latin America and Europe in the works of Ramón and Manu Chao'

2011: Society of Latin American Studies

Events grant for an event on 'Media, Community and Social Movements'.

2009-2010: Rearch and Enterprise Fund, FASS, Lancaster UniversitySmall grant from the Research and EnterpriseFundfor research on 'Changing Perceptions of the City of Oaxaca in 2006'

December 2009: IAS Incubation Fund, Institute for Advanced Studies, Lancaster UniversityLead applicant for a grant from the IAS Incubation Fund for the Latin America Research Cluster, for a series of events on "Modernization, Globalisation and Alterglobalisation in Latin America"

July 2009: British Academy Conference Fund (£800)

Travel grant for participation in the International Congress of Americanists, July2009,Mexico City, Mexico

April 2007: Partial travel grant of the American Comparative Literature Association

Participation in the ACLA conference 2008, Puebla, Mexico.

1 January 2006 - 31 December 2006: Royal Netherlands Academy ofArts andSciences (KNAW)

Full-time scholarship for completion of dissertation.

1 September 2005 - 30 November 2005: Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO)

Funded research trip to the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (UNAM).

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