The lecture “On the visuality of poetry. From Theocritus of Syracuse to Stanisław Dróżdż” will focus on the most interesting notions connected with the eponymous visual poetry, whose scope includes numerous poetic and visual phenomena, from Greek puns that encapsulated the message in concrete shapes, to various experiments of medieval and modern poets, to the oeuvre of 20th-century concrete poets, including Stanisław Dróżdż from Wrocław.
The lecture will follow a chronological order while making references to the crucial typologies of visual poetry. Numerous examples of picture poems will be provided. As a result the audience will be systematically acquainted with the phenomenon by confronting theoretical notions with concrete instances of the interpenetration of word and image.

Dr Justyna Bajda is a literary scholar, art historian and professor at the Faculty of Polish Philology of Wrocław University. She is interested in Polish and European modernism, in particular in the issue of art correspondence and cross-cultural relations. She is the author of monographs Poezja a sztuki piękne. O świadomości estetycznej i wyobraźni plastycznej Kazimierza Przerwy-Tetmajera (Poetry and the fine arts. On the aesthetic consciousness and visual imagination of Kazimierz Przerwa-Tetmajer; 2003), Poeci – to są słów malarze…. Typy relacji między słowem a obrazem w książkach poetyckich okresu Młodej Polski (Poets – painters of words. Types of relations between the word and the image in poetic books of the Young Poland period; 2010); popular books about culture at the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries (2002, 2003); an anthology of poetry of the second half of the 19th century (2007); entries in Wielki leksykon literatury polskiej (The Great Lexicon of Polish Literature; 2005); several dozen papers published in post-conference publications and journals in Poland, France (Revue du Centre Européen d’Études Slaves) and Belgium (Slavica Bruxellensia).