UPDATE: [20th] H.D., Beyond Imagism

full name / name of organization: 
William Waddell
contact email: 

The deadline for proposals for this session has been extended to October
1, 2007.

Northeast Modern Language Association (NEMLA),  April 10 â€" 13, 2008, 
Buffalo, NY

H.D., Beyond Imagism

Susan Friedman asked and explored the question, “Who Buried H.D.?,” more
than thirty years ago (College English, March, 1975).  And there are signs
that she is being more fully represented in anthologies: consider, for
example, the steadily increasing (if still hardly extensive) scope of the
selections in the successive editions of the Norton Anthology of Modern
Poetry (1973, 1988, 2003).  We have as well H.D.’s Collected Poems (1983)
and a Selected Poems (1988), both edited by Louis Martz.  But what have we
made, what is there to make of this largesse?  Friedman’s original essay
was a feminist petition for a fresh and fair review of the modernist
canon, in a familiar mid-seventies style, but what have we learned, or
what should we learn, that may be more specific?  Do we understand
modernism, or gender and modernism, better now?  Is that what we’re
supposed to understand?  Do we recognize H.D.’s significance better now?
This panel aims to collect and compare perspectives on the particular and
distinctive methods and concerns of an important twentieth-century poet.

Presentations for this panel could explore, of course, virtually any topic
in the poetics of H.D.’s work after about 1916.  But going beyond Imagism
need not mean leaving Imagism behind: presentations tracing the
persistence of Imagist principles even in long sequences like Trilogy and
Helen in Egypt would also be welcome.  Still another possibility might
step beyond H.D.’s own work exclusively, and assess the influence of her
poetics on other writers. (Barbara Guest comes to mind, but no doubt there
are others.)  I would be particularly interested in proposals that offered
strategies for teaching H.D.’s poetry in contexts and combinations that
would help make her achievement clear.

Please send proposals (maximum 500 words) by October 1, 2007, to

Bill Waddell
English Department
St. John Fisher College
Rochester, NY 14618

Electronic submissions preferred, and attachments usually come through
just fine. Proposals are welcome from anyone interested; all selected
presenters must be or become members of NeMLA by Dec. 1, 2007. A complete
listing of sessions for the Buffalo conference is available at http://

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