Since the very cradle of civilization, Nature has been one of the secular concerns of poetry and philosophy. In a classic like Walden; or Life in the Woods (1854), Henry David Thoreau said: “I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately”. The woods would make him whole again; solitude and Nature would reactivate a claritas of mind in him that had apparently been overshadowed by human commerce. About a century later, Ezra Pound sang in The Cantos: “Learn of the green world what can be thy place / In scaled invention or true artistry” (81/541), aware as he was of the fact that the world is a subtle ecology of vast dimensions that needs our attention and respect.
The E. E. Cummings Society will sponsor two sessions at the 2017 American Literature Association conference. We invite proposals for papers on any aspect of Cummings' life or work. Proposals that touch upon the following topics will be especially welcome:
* Cummings' early experiments in modernism
* Readings of little-studied Cummings poems
* The new edition of the Complete Poems (2016)
* Influences on Cummings: decadent and symbolist poetry, imagism, and avant-garde painting
* The pacifist poet
* Love and art vs. the unworld of modernity
* Cummings as a post-romantic late modernist (or post-modernist)
***DEADLINE FOR PROPOSALS 31/12/2016***
CFP: Ted Hughes & Place
A conference organised by the Ted Hughes Network at the University of Huddersfield, in partnership with the Ted Hughes Society
Thursday 15th and Friday 16th June 2017
Heritage Quay, University of Huddersfield
Papers on any aspect of British seventeenth-century literature (including Restoration), for the annual meeting of the 2017 Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association, Spokane, Washington on October 12-14, 2017. Email 200-300 word proposals, by March 1, to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org All proposals are acknowledged. You do not have to be a member of RMMLA to propose a paper, but you should become a member by April 1 to be listed in the program.
CFP: Medieval Boredom & Tedium
New England Medieval Studies Consortium (NEMSC)
Hosted at the University of Connecticut
April 14th, 2017
CFP Extended Deadline: February 15th, 2017
Special Relationships: Poetry Across the Atlantic Since 2000
We are delighted to announce the Call for Papers for Special Relationships: Poetry Across the Atlantic Since 2000, a one-day symposium exploring the interstices of poetics in the circum-Atlantic region since 2000, to be held at the Rothermere American Institute at the University of Oxford on May 19, 2017.
CFP - Byron, Shelley and Keats in Latin America
North American Society for the Study of Romanticism 2017 in Ottawa, Canada. (For more information about the conference: http://www.nassr.ca/conferences)
The meanings of dialects in British poetry – from late 19th century to early 21st century.
May 19th, 2017, Lille 3 University.
Tom Burton (University of Adelaide, Australia)
Jane Hodson (University of Sheffield, UK)
Despite the fact that, quite recently, and ironically, The Guardian headline read “Regional dialects are Dying Out – It’s Enough to get you Blarting” (May, 30th 2016), dialects have always been – and continue to be - present in poetry.
Our special issue "Writing Japan" encompasses writing from and/or about Japan, broadly imagined. We hope to feature work by Japanese writers and non-Japanese writers writing in relation to Japan, as well as work that challenges fixed ideas about Japanese identity and the Japanese experience. We are looking for idiosyncratic and intelligent work that explores the various meanings of "Writing Japan."
***Call for Papers***
Undisciplined Readings: Rethinking Practices and Methods
21st Annual CLIFF Graduate Conference
March 17-18th, 2017
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Keynote: Professor Ilya Kaminsky
Submission deadline: December 20th, 2016
Reading practices, in many ways, form the basis of our discipline. However, we often take them for granted, or remain unreflective about their consequences. Whether it is our close reading methodology or more broadly the perspective we adopt, ways of reading require renewed attention and scrutiny.