CFP: “Robert Frost’s Political Philosophy” / American Literature Association Conference in May 2019 / Boston, MA

deadline for submissions: 
May 15, 2019
full name / name of organization: 
Grzegorz Kosc / President / Robert Frost Society
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CFP: “Robert Frost’s Political Philosophy”


American Literature Association 30th Annual Conference in Boston, MA

May 23-26, 2019 at the Westin Copley Place

Sponsor: Robert Frost Society (session 2)

Frost’s work constitutes a very rich field for an extensive inquiry by political philosophers and literary scholars interested in political philosophy. The poetry and thought of Frost echo many of the key concerns of contemporary political theory. Among possible themes one might explore is Frost’s recognition of politics as a necessary self-defense against nature (very much in touch with the post-Machiavellian-Hobbesian modern philosophic view that man must conquer nation for the improvement of the human condition); his complex reflection on such notions as utopia, individualism, disloyalty, as well as the good of war as the greatest school of virtue and as a great existential experience. One may also look into his rejection of the notion of the just war, his critique of democracy and of the New Deal progressivism, his Burkean reflection on elected politicians' answerability to themselves rather than to their electorate; finally, into his balancing act between states' rights and the federal unity. These and several other issues, repeatedly explored by Frost in his poems, notebooks and speeches, have been largely unexamined.

Deadline for proposals: January 15, 2019 / expected length: 300-350 words


Selection committee:

Grzegorz Kosc, University of Warsaw / President of Robert Frost Society

Clifford Angell Bates, University of Warsaw / Professor of classical political philosophy