We are pleased to announce that a Blue Plaque has been posted at David Jones' one-time residence at the Fort Hotel in Sidmouth, Devon. A catalogue describing all the Blue Plaques in Sidmouth (including this one dedicated to Jones) will be available soon on the Sid Vale Association website. Historian and scholar Mary Coghill plans to host a walk and talk about the plaque in Sidmouth this autumn in conjunction with the David Jones Society. Details soon to follow.
In case you haven't seen it yet: recent study (published 2018) that features an article on David Jones and Isaac Rosenberg.
"Fierce imaginings': the radical myth-making of David Jones and Isaac Rosenberg" in Sally Minogue and Andrew Palmer, The Remembered Dead: Poetry, Memory and the First World War (Cambridge, 2018)
from the DJRC website:
“David Jones: Theory of Art; Theory of Culture”7-8 March, 2019, Booth Special Collections, Georgetown University Library (3700 O St NW, Washington, DC 20057, USA)
The work and thought of the British artist and WWI veteran David Jones (1895-1974) commands a unique perspective on the deeply intertwined questions of the theory of art and the theory of culture in the 20th century. Jones not only had extensive first-hand experience of total war, both as a private in the trenches of WWI and as a Londoner during the Blitz, but also communicated his experience in an interpenetrated corpus of visual art, prose, and poetic writing. Jones’s sense of artistic form crosses the boundaries of the visual and the verbal in order to respond to the crisis of what he described as “unmaking” in his 1937 poem of WWI, In Parenthesis.As Mark Greif’s (2015) and Alan Jacobs’s (2018) recent studies indicate, the postwar period presented a unique “crisis” for artists and intellectuals in the West who found themselves confronted with challenges to traditional narratives about human identity and the nature of human flourishing. The work of David Jones places the theory of art at the very center of this crisis, drawing on the thinking of neo-Artistotelian-Thomist philosophers such as Jacques Maritain to regard the fine arts in light of the gamut of human making and so broaden the discussion to show how art encompasses more fundamental questions of human work, technology, religion, leisure, and politics.
This seminar situates the contribution of Jones’s cultural and aesthetic theory and multimedia corpus in the immediate context of 20th-century artistic practice and theories of art and culture. It will particularly seek to show the unique light that Jones sheds on the understanding of war in the 20th century, narratives of modern secularization, and experiments in visual and poetic form that respond to the ruptures and new continuities that these cultural shifts incur."
For more information, including full list of speakers and preliminary timetable, as well as registration see the website: www.davidjonesresearch.org/upcoming/
Announcing the David Jones Research Center website! Stay tuned for more information about the 2019 seminar, which will open for registration soon.
"Recognition for a Much-Neglected English Catholic Artist", 8 November, 2018 by K.V. Turley:
The latest Special Issue of the Notre-Dame based journal, Religion & Literature is "David Jones: Towards a Theology of History," guest-edited by Anna Svendsen and Jasmine Hunter Evans, which includes the following articles:
Anna Svendsen and Jasmine Hunter Evans, “Introduction”
Tom Villis, “When was ‘the Break’? David Jones and Catholic Ideas of Rupture in British History”
Jasmine Hunter Evans and Christine Pagnoulle, “‘The Agent’: Probing into Agency”
Ewan King, “Narrating Communion: Gwenhwyfar and the Encounter of Chronicle and Critical History”
Joseph Simmons, “David Jones’s Irenaean Theology of History”
Sarah Coogan, “‘You will furnish / that fatigue’: Typological Interpretation and David Jones’s Ambiguous Soldier”
Tom Bromwell, “The Apocalyptic Paratext: The Frontispiece and Tailpiece to In Parenthesis”
Adam Schwartz, “‘Getting into history’: The Great War and David Jones’s Memory”
John David Ramsey, “David Jones, Action, Anamnesis, and the Roman Catholic Mass”
Francesca Brooks, “Liturgy, Performance, and Poetry of the Passion: David Jones and The Dream of the Rood”
Robin D’Souza, “From Egalitarian to Sacramental Community: Re-writing William Morris’s Social Romance in David Jones’s In Parenthesis”
Daniel Gustafsson, “The Making and Unmaking of History: Secular and Sacramental Approaches”
Jean Ward, “The Poet as ‘Rememberer’: Anamnesis in David Jones’s Language”
Paul Robichaud, “David Jones and the Archipelagic Past”
Thomas Berenato, “David Jones and the Ancient Mariner: A History of Forgiveness”
Elizabeth Powell, “The Quest for Sacrament in David Jones’s Poem, ‘A, a, a, DOMINE DEUS’”
Mini-forum, edited by L. M. Kilbride
L. M. Kilbride, “Introduction on Logos”
Catherine Pickstock, "What Does Othering Make? David Jones’s “A, a, a, Domine Deus”
Romana Huk, "Sacrament as ars in the down-to-earth poetics of David Jones (pursued through a reading of his art[e]-poetica, “A, a, a, Domine Deus”)"
For more information about the journal, see: religionandlit.nd.edu
Very pleased to share this beautiful composition of Owain Park, performed by his ensemble, the Gesualdo Six, in a new video made by Owain. This piece originally featured in the 2016 musical sequence on In Parenthesis (DAVID JONES: July 1916, The Battle of Mametz Wood from In Parenthesis) performed on several occasions in 2015 and 2016, including at the "David Jones: Dialogues with the Past" conference from July, 2016 (www.davidjonesdialogues.com/events.html).
It makes many of the musical allusions of the work come alive, while also being deeply sensitive to the musicality of Jones' own language. It is a testament to how much Jones' work provides inspiration for other artists (of many media), which is one of the most important dimensions of his work.
You can view the video featuring the piece here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=o_bXw1873jg&feature=youtu.be
Read more about the "WWI Filming Project" of the Gesualdo Six, here: www.thegesualdosix.co.uk/ww1-filming-project/