CFP: [American] Emily Dickinson International Society Panels at American Literature Association

full name / name of organization: 
Stephanie A. Tingley
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EDIS will again sponsor two panels at the 2009 American Literature
Association conference, held this year in Boston, MA May 21-24, 2009.

Please send proposals and abstracts by email to both Ellen Louise Hart
( and Stephanie Tingley ( Deadline for
submissions: January 9, 2009.

. Dickinson¹s Reading
       In collaboration with a call for essays for a special issue of the
Emily Dickinson Journal, this panel will explore issues concerning the wide
range of Dickinson¹s reading -- hymnody and the Bible; contemporary fiction
and poetry; Shakespeare; book reviews; primers, textbooks, conduct manuals,
and gift books; other discourses, including marketing and advertising
materials, travel literature, journalism, philosophy, theology, political
polemics, reports on actions in the war between the states, legal documents,
agricultural pamphlets; all manifestations of the burgeoning print culture
of her time. How and where did Dickinson¹s reading influence her thinking
and writing?
2. Dickinson's Erotic Writing

The recently published Best American Erotic Poems: From 1800 to the Present,
edited by David Lehman, includes five Dickinson poems, whereas every other
poet included has been limited to one. In the introduction Lehman explains
that the idea for the theme came from the ³recognition that there exists a
vital American tradition of erotic poetry² beginning with ³Walt Whitman
celebrating the human body and Emily Dickinson contemplating the nectars of
Eden." Papers for this panel will explore sexuality in the poems and
letters, making the case that Dickinson's writing is central to an erotic
tradition in American literature.

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