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Dick Higgins papers, 1960-1994 (bulk 1972-1993)

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Finding aid for the Dick Higgins papers, 1960-1994 (bulk 1972-1993)
Series V. Pattern poetry, ca. 1987-ca. 1991 5.5 linear feet 11 boxes
Series V-B Correspondence, ca. 1978-ca. 1993 1.0 linear feet
Two boxes of correspondence between Higgins and scholars, filed alphabetically by correspondent. Types of letters include inquiries, search statuses, theoretical descriptions and dialogues about pattern poems. Notable correspondents are: Jeremy Adler, Willard Bohm, Geoffrey Cook, Erik Dal, Charles Doria, Ulrich Ernst, Bill Fetterman, Herbert Franke, Ana Hatherly, Gerald Janecek, Kalanath Jha, Istvan Kilián, Karl Otto, Max Patrick, Piotr Rypson, David Seaman, Harold Segel. Bulk of correspondence is between 1983-1987 when Higgins intensively conducted his research and book production activities. Post-1987 dates usually contain references to loose ends and poems later discovered, which were thought to be of interest to Higgins and others. See also Series I individual files for more correspondence relating to pattern poetry.
Box
77 A-J, includes:
Adler, Jeremy (Goethe scholar, poet), , 1978 1982-1991
Includes some letters about Visible Language pattern poetry issue and Wolfenbüttel show and conference (1987), and Adler mss The Electric Alphabet and Towards the City. Fragments I-VII, ca. 150 letters (see also Series I, Box 1).
Af Klintberg, Bengt (Swedish pattern poetry), , 1986-1987 1991
5 letters.
Avrin, Leila (Jewish pattern poetry and micrography), , 1984-1988 1990-1991
24 letters.
Balan, Jars (Ukranian pattern poetry), , , 1977-1978 1983 1987
Includes 1 letter from Dick Higgins describing Gombrich's "hermeneutic approach" (9 Jul 1978), 5 letters.
Bohatcová, Mirjam (Czech pattern poetry), 1983-1985
Contains Dick Higgins Czech ms with many corrections by Bohatcová, 8 letters.
Bohn, Willard (Dada scholar with interest in modern visual poetry), , 1986-1987 1989-1990
Includes Bohn ms "From Sign to Signature in Apollinaire's 'Le Cheval'," 9 letters.
Botar, Oliver (Canadian scholar on Hungarian pattern poetry), 1983
2 letters.
Chouliares, Yiorgos (Greek pattern poetry), 1985
2 letters.
Clüver, Claus
No letters, Clüver ms "Iconicity and Isomorphism in Brazilian Concrete Poems."
Cook, Elizabeth, 1986-1987
4 letters.
Cook, Geoffrey, 1987
10 letters (see also Series I, Box 7).
Dachy, Marc (French Dada scholar with fascination of visual poetry), 1985-1986
6 letters.
Dal, Erik (Danish expert on baroque literature), 1986-1988
13 letters.
Dencker, Klaus Peter (German poet, professor), 1985
2 letters.
Diacano, Mario (Italian critic), 1985-1986
2 letters from Dick Higgins (see also Series I, Box 8).
Doria, Charles, 1986
Includes 2 long letters from Doria describing his "technopaegnia" research, 5 letters (see also Series I, Box 9).
D'Ors, Miguel (Spanish pattern poetry), 1983-1985
15 letters.
Erlhoff, Michael (German scholar and critic), 1986
3 letters (see also Series I, Box 9).
Ernst, Ulrich (German medievalist), 1983-1993
ca. 90 letters and numerous photocopies of Ernst articles.
Fetterman, Bill (Pennsylvania/Dutch poems), 1987-1988
9 letters, including one long letter which discusses his proposed dissertation on Cage and other school essays (see also Series V-A, Box 73, and Series I, Box 10).
Franke, Herbert (and Richard Hayman, Chinese), , 1984-1987 1993
28 letters, many regarding Franke essay for the book and Visible Language issue.
Greene, Roland (pattern poetry scholar), , 1988 1991-1993
9 letters.
Harrier, Richard, , , , 1983 1985 1987 1990
5 letters.
Hatherly, Ana (Portuguese), , 1984-1989 1991
Some correspondence regarding Visible Language issue, 50 letters and 16 postcards (see also Series I, Box 14).
Hodrová, Daniela (Czech scholar), 1983-1984
10 letters.
Janecek, Gerald (American scholar working on Slavic pattern poetry), , 1983-1986 1988
26 letters.
Jha, Kalanath (Indian expert, specifically on Sanskrit), 1984
Includes much correspondence about Jha essay in book and Visible Language issue, MLA convention which Jha attended 1984, and ms "Sanskrit Citrak_vyas and the Western Pattern Poems," for VII World Sanskrit Conference, 1984 (see also Series I, New Wilderness Foundation for overseas travel reimbursement controversy).
Joshi, R.K. (Indian language pattern poetry scholar), 1988-1989
5 letters.
Box
78 K-Z, includes:
Kilián, Istvan (Hungarian pattern poetry), , 1983-1986 1990
31 letters.
Levitan, William (Latin pattern poetry at Princeton), 1986
1 letter from Dick Higgins.
Lienhard, Siegfried (Swedish authority on Sanskrit literature), 1986
3 letters.
Mayer, Peter, , , 1984-1985 1987 1989
11 letters (see also Series I, Box 21).
Otto, Karl (American scholar of German Baroque literature), , 1984-1985 1990
13 letters and Dick Higgins's German ms with Otto corrections.
Pagis, Dan (Hebrew scholar on pattern poetry), 1984-1986
10 letters and Dick Higgins's Hebrew ms with Pagis corrections.
Patrick, Max (major American Herbert scholar), 1983-1988
20 letters, includes 1 that describes why Patrick did not recommend Dick Higgins for a Guggenheim fellowship.
Poniz, Denis (Slovenian scholar and poet), , 1977-1978 1983
14 letters.
Pozzi, Giovanni (Medieval Latin literature), , 1977-1978 1983-1985
Includes Stumenti Critici X, no.31 (Oct 1976), 20 letters.
Rypson, Piotr (Slavic pattern poetry), , , 1979 1984-1989 1991-1992
Extensive correspondence with many long letters by Rypson regarding pattern poetry, especially on Polish and labyrinths, Visible Language issue, including one by Rypson with critical comments on the finished product, 17 Jul 1986, and Wolfenbüttel conference. Also amusing explanation of how "sie" is used in the Polish language with poem, 10 Jun 1985, untitled poem by Rypson, 24 May 1985, and Obraz s_owa exhibition catalog, 1987, and photocopied book, 1989, ca. 120 letters (see also Series I, Boxes 28-29).
Sackner, Ruth and Marvin, 1986-1987
2 letters.
Schimmel, Anna-Marie (Sanskrit scholar), , 1986 1988
3 letters.
Seaman, David (did a dissertation which includes pattern poetry), , , , 1977 1983-1985 1987 n.d.
12 letters and various photocopied texts and mss by Seaman.
Segel, Harold (Baroque and cabaret theatre and slavic studies), 1983-1987
21 letters.
Tóth, Gábor, 1983
12 letters.
Volz, Robert (librarian at Chapin), , , 1986 1988 1991
6 letters and checklist of Chapin Library exhibition (1988).
Vos, Eric, 1986
2 letters and ms "The Visual Turn in Poetry."
Westerwell, Bart (Herbert dissertation), , 1986 1988
4 letters.
Williams, John, 1985
4 letters.
Wolfenbüttel Conference, 1987
Contains various abstracts from participants and conference agendas.


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