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Diana Haas
University of Lille 3 (Villeneuve d'Ascq 11742 France)

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$6,000 (approved)
$6,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/2010 – 8/31/2012

C.P. Cavafy's "Comments" on His Poems: A Scholarly Edition

The creative journey of C.P. Cavafy (1863-1933), the Alexandrian Greek poet who has secured a place on the world stage as a major poet of the twentieth century, is characterized by a continuous process of revision and examination. Through the painstaking "scrutiny" of his poems--to use his own term--he aims to meet and maintain the high standards of philosophical consistency, historical accuracy and linguistic precision that he set for his work. As tangible evidence of this process the corpus of Cavafy's fifty manuscript "comments" on his poems offers a unique window onto his poetic laboratory as he readies a poem for the critical moment of publication, or fine-tunes an earlier version. The scholarly edition of this important archival material, with diplomatic transcription and full commentary, sheds light on individual poems while offering new insights into important aspects of the poet's entire oeuvre, from the use of historical sources to the exploration of sexual identities.