CFP: [American] H.D., Beyond Imagism

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William Waddell
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Northeast Modern Language Association (NEMLA), April 10 â€" 13, 2008,
Buffalo, NY

H.D., Beyond Imagism

Susan Friedman asked and explored the question, “Who Buried H.D.?,” more
than thirty years ago (College English, March, 1975). And there are
signs that she is being more fully represented in anthologies: consider,
for example, the steadily increasing (if still hardly extensive) scope
of the selections in the successive editions of the Norton Anthology of
Modern Poetry (1973, 1988, 2003). We have as well H.D.’s Collected Poems
(1983) and a Selected Poems (1988), both edited by Louis Martz. But what
have we made, what is there to make of this largesse? Friedman’s
original essay was a feminist petition for a fresh and fair review of the
modernist canon, in a familiar mid-seventies style, but what have we
learned, or what should we learn, that may be more specific? Do we
understand modernism, or gender and modernism, better now? Is that what
we’re supposed to understand? Do we recognize H.D.’s significance better
now? This panel aims to collect and compare perspectives on the
particular and distinctive methods and concerns of an important twentieth-
century poet.

Presentations for this panel could explore, of course, virtually any
topic in the poetics of H.D.’s work after about 1916. But going beyond
Imagism need not mean leaving Imagism behind: presentations tracing the
persistence of Imagist principles even in long sequences like Trilogy and
Helen in Egypt would also be welcome. Still another possibility might
step beyond H.D.’s own work exclusively, and assess the influence of her
poetics on other writers. (Barbara Guest comes to mind, but no doubt
there are others.) I would be particularly interested in proposals that
offered strategies for teaching H.D.’s poetry in contexts and
combinations that would help make her achievement clear.

Please send proposals (maximum 500 words) by September 15, 2007, to
Bill Waddell
English Department
St. John Fisher College
Rochester, NY 14618

Electronic submissions preferred, and attachments usually come through
just fine. Proposals are welcome from anyone interested; all selected
presenters must be or become members of NeMLA by Dec. 1, 2007. A complete
listing of sessions for the Buffalo conference is available at

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