CFP: [Poetry] Cultures of American Poetry / Midwest MLA

full name / name of organization: 
Wendy Roberts

Since F.O. Matthiessen defined the American renaissance almost seventy
years ago--sans poetry excepting Whitman--American literature has continued
to be equated with American fiction. This, Joseph Harrington writes,
“despite increased suspicion toward ‘theories of American literature’.” The
turn to cultural criticism in recent years has often meant a turn away from
poetry in favor of other genres not closely associated with New Criticism.
This panel seeks to redress the marginalization of American poetry and
invites papers addressing any aspect of poetry in the Americas and its
relation to American culture. Papers that attempt to theorize poetry’s
relation to American cultures within specific historical periods or focus
on poets underrepresented in scholarship will be given preference.

Abstract submission deadline April 24, 2008 to

M/MLA Convention at the Minneapolis Marriott City Center in Minneapolis,
November 13-16, 2008.

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