“The natural object,” Pound writes, “is always the adequate symbol.” Nevertheless, Modernist literature is plotted along bodily representations that often seem far from the realities of their correlative “natural object.” This panel will consider the tension between Modernism’s representative strategies and the gendered objects that Modernist writers “graph,” focusing particularly on Modernist representations of female, queer, non-white, disabled, and otherwise marginalized bodies. How do the literary strategies of Modernist writers complicate, limit, or make space for bodies, or bodily functions, that might have been given a “Graphic Content Warning”?
Poetry in Motion: Spoken Word Poetry and What It Means Today
Conference Organiser: Paul McNamara
Contact Email: Paul.McNamara@mic.ul.ie
Title: Poetry in Motion: Spoken Word Poetry and What It Means
Conference Location: Mary Immaculate College, Limerick, Ireland
Date of Conference: 26th of April 2018
PANEL ON POETIC DIGRESSION for ESSE 2018 (www.esse2018brno.org)
From the parecbasis or ‘stepping away’ of Quintilian to the meandering twists and turns of the ‘loiterly’ work, this panel investigates the many and various modes of digression in poetry, figuring digression as a means through which we can rethink poetic effect - poetry’s grammatical, rhetorical, formal, philosophical, lyric and/or narrative power or force.
We invite proposals for conference papers exploring poetic digression and its effects. Topics for discussion might include, but are by no means limited to the following:
AFEA 2018 Symposium « Magnifying America : the poetics and politics of details »
22-25 May 2018
Nice-Sophia Antipolis University
PANEL “In defense of close reading or, reading the minuscule”
Robert Frost intended to insult Stevens’ poetry when he called it mere “bric-a-brac,” verses loaded with pretty ornaments of ultimately little concrete value beyond themselves. In the context of American studies, however, “bric-a-brac” (or “Americana,” in our national tradition) often appreciates in critical value over time. This panel proposes to look at items, objects, or elements of Americana in Stevens’ poetry, essays, letters, and/or life. It welcomes presentations that consider the way Stevens uses or abuses American artifacts or lore in his work, as well as those that establish links between Stevens and other writings, cultural products, or ephemera idealized as unique to (or representative of) the American experience.
The Poetics of the Detail in American Music and Dance
Université de Nice, France, May 22-25, 2018
Adeline Chevrier-Bosseau (Université Clermont Auvergne, Clermont-Ferrand)
Mathieu Duplay (Université Paris Diderot — Paris 7)
Mississippi Philological Association Meeting and Conference
March 2-3, 2018
Jackson State University
Call for Papers
The Mississippi Philological Association (MPA) invites submissions of critical or pedagogical papers and creative works for the annual association meeting and conference to be held March 2-3, 2018, at the Mississppi eCenter campus at Jackson State University in Jackson, Mississippi. The conference is hosted by the Department of English, Foreign Languages, and Speech Communication, the Department of History and Philosophy, and the College of Liberal Arts at Jackson State University.
Owen and / in France
Université de Valenciennes
5-6 November 2018
Brigitte Friant-Kessler (Université de Valenciennes - CALHISTE)
Elise Brault-Dreux (Université de Valenciennes - CALHISTE)
Sarah Montin (Université Paris 3 Sorbonne-Nouvelle - PRISMES)
Keynote : Xavier Hanotte
(This is the thing they know and never speak,
That England one by one had fled to France,
Not many elsewhere now, save under France)
Mardi Gras as an event, a reiteration of experience across time, and a kind of ritual renders the new and the old as occurring simultaneously: our past always directly affects our present. This temporal boundary crossing reiterates and simultaneously invokes the past in every instance. In Gender Trouble, Judith Butler describes ritual as related to the repetition of gender performance across time, which denaturalizes the concept and instantiates gender as socially constructed. What if we apply Butler’s logic of the ritual to other concepts of human experience, such as race, religion, sexuality, and disability? Orienting ourselves within this Butlerian logic, we as scholars might think about how to interpret these ritual practices in memory.
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