CFP: [International] New Clear Forms: American Poetry and Cold War Culture

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Erik Fuhrer
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New Clear Forms: American Poetry and Cold War Culture

Speaking in 1950 at a conference called “The Defence of Poetry,” Randall
Jarrell talks with despair of the new advert-ridden media which, in his
view, had ‘destroyed, in a great many people, even the capacity for
understanding real poetry, real art of any kind.’ The Cold War period in
American Culture is renowned for its anti-intellectualism, consumerism,
isolationist politics and nuclear threat; yet, despite fears of the poet’s
obsolescence, it was also a remarkably diverse and prolific period for
American poetry. As well as Jarrell’s own “Middle Generation,” the period
between 1945 and 1990 saw the emergence of movements such as Black
Mountain, the New York School and the San Francisco Renaissance.

New Clear Forms is an international 2-day conference to be held at the
University of Glasgow on 11th and 12th September 2009. It aims to explore
the poetic responses to national and international affairs of this era, in
a bid to further understand the deep and complex relations between
propaganda and private consciousness, rebellion and art, nation and self.

We are currently inviting proposals for 20-minute papers that reflect on
these themes. Topics may include but are by no means limited to:

    * War
    * Schools, groups and movements
    * Anthologies
    * Capitalism and consumerism
    * Adolescence, youth and counter-culture
    * The avante-garde
    * Links between poetry and art
    * Communism
    * Transatlantic concerns
    * Nuclear power and apocalypse
    * Nostalgia
    * Idealism
    * Lyric
    * Epic
    * Elegy

If you are interested in presenting, please email a 250-word abstract (in
Word format) to:, by Friday 1st May 2009.

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