Poetic Digression (conference panel for ESSE 2018, Brno)

deadline for submissions: 
January 1, 2018
full name / name of organization: 
ESSE / Dr. Patrick Hart and Dr. Heather H. Yeung

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:

• rhetorical figures of digression, including paradiegesis, periphrasis or ‘ambage’, apoplanesis, copia
• paratext and/or parenthesis as digression
• syntactical suspense and other forms of poetic deferral
• digression as lyric economy and/or excess
• the ethica digressio
• the Asiatic, effeminate, and/or feminine
• digression, suspense, and desire
• Schegel’s permanente parekbase and Romantic irony
• the 'Etcetera Principle' and the ‘loiterly’ (Ross Chambers)

Please send abstracts of not more than 500 words (for 20 minute papers) and a brief bio-note to BOTH panel organisers – patrick.hart@bilkent.edu.tr and h.yeung@dundee.ac.uk – by 01 January 2018.