CFP: [American] New York School Collaborations (ALA)

full name / name of organization: 
Mark Silverberg
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New York School Collaborations
American Literature Association, Westin Copley Place, Boston, May 21-24,

It has been frequently noted that New York School poetry is not only full
of references to painting, music, dance, film, and theater, but that the
poets also regularly worked with artists in other fields to create unique
collaborative texts. From theatre projects to visual poetry (with artists
such as Joe Brainard, Larry Rivers, Grace Hartigan, and Jane Freilicher),
from films to musical scores (with directors and composers such as Al
Leslie, Rudy Bruckhardt, Elliot Carter, Ned Rorem, and Virgil Thomson), and
covering a wide range of co-authored poems, the New York School has
exploited the possibilities of collaboration like no other group of
American poets.

With this in mind, the newly formed New York School Society of the ALA
invites proposals for papers on any aspect of the New York School
collaborative work. While close readings of particular collaborative texts
are welcomed we also invite papers which consider the theoretical, social,
and aesthetic dimensions of collaboration in general. How is the
collaborative dialogue staged? How are identity, sociality, friendship, and
rivalry negotiated in these works? What unique demands does the
collaborative work put on its readers/viewers?

Please send 200-300 word abstracts (or completed papers) along with a brief
CV to Mark Silverberg ( and Marit MacArthur
( by December 15, 2008

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