CFP: The Use(s) of Poetry (11/15/06; ACCUTE, 6/26/07-6/29/07)
CFP: The Use(s) of Poetry (11/15/06; ACCUTE 06/26/07-06/29/07)
This call is for papers to be delivered at the 2007 ACCUTE (Association of
Canadian College and University Teachers of English) Conference which will
be held at the University of Saskatchewan, May 26-29, 2007.
In The Use of Poetry and Use of Criticism, T. S. Eliot asks that we begin
with "the supposition that we do not know what poetry is, or what it does or
ought to do, or of what use it is." This proposed session does not ask
quite that much, but calls for papers that will explore poetry in relation
to historically located formulations of use, usefulness and uselessness.
Proposals for papers that consider particularly purposive conceptions or
practices of poetry, theories of poetry in relation to ideas of use,
exchange and aesthetic value (i.e. "Push pin equals poetry", or, "All
[poetry] is quite useless"), the practical and 'real-life' uses to which
poetry has been put (i.e. in private scrapbooks and albums, in parlor
recitation, as broadside arguments during labor disputes, etc.), poetry as
political or sexual persuasion, poetic theory and practice that positions
itself against any economic notion of use, or other historically grounded
studies about what poetry has done or has resisted doing, are all welcome.
Papers addressing these or related topics may be on poetry from any literary
Please send paper and/or email copies of a 300-500 word proposal (with
Bibliography) that indicates the significance and argument of the proposed
paper, and the principal texts to be discussed. In addition to this
proposal, send a 100-word abstract and a 50-word bio-bibliographical note.
All of these materials must be sent by 15 November 2006 to:
English Department LB 501
1455 de Maisonneuve Blvd. Ouest
Montréal, Québec H3G 1M8
Your email submissions should be pasted into the email proper and attached
as an MS Word or RTF file. Please note that you must be an ACCUTE member in
good standing at the time of submission.
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