Poetics/Ethics MSA 14, Las Vegas, NV

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Robert Volpicelli / Penn State University
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In his 1913 essay, "The Serious Artist," Ezra Pound suggests that writing "good" poetry is as much a matter of aesthetics as it is ethics. The last few years have seen an increased amount of scholarship pertaining to the ethics of modernism. The majority of these critical inquiries, however, have centered on fiction in general and novels in particular. What if we took Pound's claim seriously as a way of shifting the attention of this conversation away from plot and toward poetics? What would an ethical poetry look like? How might poetic form be implicated in the philosophical considerations of ethics? This panel is accepting abstract submissions that entertain these questions and any others that engage the relationship between poetics and ethics. Submissions on any modernist poet, school of poetry, or poetry-related practice will gladly be considered.

Please submit a 300 word abstract and a C.V. (as separate documents) to Bob Volpicelli at rav140@psu.edu.

More information on the conference can be found at the MSA's website: http://msa.press.jhu.edu/conferences/index.html