Crafts of World Literature events aspire to go deeply into the logic of particular literary fields and to grasp the context of intelligibility of specific literary practices. Our aim is also to compare fields and contexts, enabling us to discover similarities in the development of literary technique in different places and times without looking only at causal historical connections or privileging the cosmopolitan sphere. Our first event, Crafts of World Literature, took the widest view, with over fifty papers thinking through literary craft in fields across the globe. This was followed a year later with Poetic Craft and White Settler Colonialism at the University of Western Sydney, in which we looked only at poetics in Australia and South Africa. In Craft Wars, we reflected on the legacy of the landmark Poetry ’74 conference forty years on, contrasting it with postcolonial ‘craft wars’ also taking place at that time in Australia, the Caribbean and India.


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