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Modern Literary Archives Programme, John Rylands University of Manchester




nominated by: Stella Halkyard

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The John Rylands Library is the home of the Modern Literary Archives Programme.

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The Collection of Modern Literary Archives at the John Rylands University Library of Manchester (JRUL) is of international importance. It provides excellent sources for anyone with an interest in 20th and 21st century poetries in English.

The Modern Literary Archives Programme was established in 1991 under the auspices of the John Rylands Research Institute to:

• foster and promote the learning and enjoyment of modern, recent and contemporary literature amongst members of the public, special interest groups, school pupils and teachers, students and scholars in Higher Education from Britain and abroad.

• support the research, teaching, and learning of the staff and students of The University of Manchester.

• make the Collection widely accessible by providing: a reader and enquiry service; exhibitions; tours; seminars; lectures; poetry readings, and other events.

• actively collect archives and manuscripts in the field of modern poetries in English as described in the JRUL’s collecting policy

• care for the Collection of Modern Literary Archives to approved professional standards of stewardship.

• offer advice to professional peers in other organizations relating to literary archives and manuscripts curatorship and take an active part in the work of GLAM, the Group for Literary Archives and Manuscripts which was initiated by the John Rylands Library.

About the Collection of the Modern Literary Archives held by the JRUL

Analysis of the Collection reveals strengths in the following areas:

1. An excellent representation of twentieth century poetries in English.

These are characterised as follows:

• Significant poets flourishing throughout the twentieth century. A significant poet is defined as an established figure of the age whose reputation has already gained him or her a place in academic studies.

• Twentieth and twenty first century prosody. This includes traditionally received stanzaic forms, rhymes and meters, as well as others which are experimental and avant garde.

• An excellent representation of poetries in English from Britain (Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and England), the Republic of Ireland, Europe (including: France, Germany, Portugal, Italy, Finland, Russia, Portugal, Poland and Turkey), North America, South America, Australia, New Zealand, India, Africa, and the Caribbean.

• Twentieth and twenty first century poetries which acknowledge ethnicity, gender and sexuality.

2. An excellent representation of the history and development of the publishing of poetry, and other literary genres, in monographs and magazines, during the second half of the twentieth century.

3. An excellent representation of the criticism, editing, and reviewing of twentieth century poetries in English.

4. An excellent representation of translations into English of the works of significant twentieth century poets writing in other European languages.

Contact Information

name: Stella Halkyard
phone: 0161 275 3541
email: stella.halkyard@manchester.ac.uk

150 Deansgate
M3 3EH



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