Writing the Machine: Materiality, Intentionality & the Digital Poem (5/1/06; MLA '06)

full name / name of organization: 
Lori Emerson
contact email: 
lemerson@buffalo.edu

+ Writing the Machine: Materiality, Intentionality & the Digital Poem
+ Call for Papers: MLA Special Session
+ Annual Meeting December 27-30th 2006 (Philadelphia)

What's at issue in this panel is the relation between machine / human,
intentionality / intentionlessness in digital textuality. More
particularly, papers could enact close-readings of digital poems using
well-known theorists such as Gerald Bruns, Michael Davidson, Johanna
Drucker, Susan Howe, Jerome McGann, and Marjorie Perloff -- all of
whom have long been engaged with the ways in which materiality, of the
word, the text, the page, provides insight into authorial intent.
Papers could also draw from Walter Benn Michaels as a theorist of the
material as he explicitly separates an interest with materiality from
an interest in authorial intention, claiming that contemporary writing
mistakenly pits the one against the other.

+ Please send 500-word proposals with a paper-title and a brief CV to
Lori Emerson, lemerson_at_buffalo.edu, by March 1st 2006.

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