The Popular and Polarizing Works of Leonard Cohen
November 7, 2017 will mark the first anniversary of the death of Leonard Cohen. Known predominantly for his music, Cohen’s artistic contributions extend into the genres of poetry, fiction, and visual art. This year’s SAMLA conference theme, “High Art/ Low Art: Borders and Boundaries in Popular Culture,” presents a timely and appropriate venue for an examination and celebration of the artist’s life and work. This panel discusses Cohen’s legacy as a pioneering force in both modern poetry and popular music. This panel seeks papers that provide new insight into Cohen’s published material, including but not limited to his earliest published poetry, his polarizing novel Beautiful Losers, his successful mainstream music, and his final album You Want it Darker. By May 31, please send a 250-word proposal, a brief CV, and any A/V requirements to D.E. St. John, Georgia State University, firstname.lastname@example.org, for SAMLA 89, Nov. 3-5, in Atlanta, GA.