CFP: [Poetry] Reading a Poem Aloud (9/15/08)

full name / name of organization: 
Debra San


40th Anniversary Convention
Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
Feb 26-Mar 1, 2009
Hyatt Regency, Boston, Massachusetts

To read a poem aloud is to make myriad decisions about how to vocalize the
poem’s text, which offers enormous scope for variations in individual
interpretation and expression. Each feature of the text, from syllabic
stress and syntactic construction to line breaks and white space, must be
filtered through the reciting voice and its resources, such as phrasing,
intonation, pitch, speed, dynamics of loud and soft, pauses and silence.
This panel seeks papers that identify and analyze specific ways in which
the text of a poem (preferably by a well-known author) presents different
options for oral delivery. Panelists will also distribute the text of the
poem as a hand-out and demonstrate through reading the poem aloud how at
each step the voice chooses one of the textual options. As Dickinson said,
“a Pen has so many inflections and a Voice but one.”

Please send an abstract of 250 words or longer in the body of an email to
Debra San <>.

Deadline is Sept. 15, 2008.

Note: Panelists have to be (or become) NeMLA members by November 30, 2008.
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