New Clear Forms: American Poetry and Cold War Culture, 11th and 12th September 2009 [DEADLINE FOR ABSTRACTS - 1ST MAY 2009]

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University of Glasgow

New Clear Forms is an international 2-day conference to be held at the University of Glasgow on 11th and 12th September 2009. It aims to explore the poetic responses to national and international affairs of this era, in a bid to further understand the deep and complex relations between propaganda and private consciousness, rebellion and art, nation and self.

We are currently inviting proposals for 20-minute papers that reflect on these themes. Topics may include but are by no means limited to:

War
Schools, groups and movements
Anthologies
Capitalism and consumerism
Adolescence, youth and counter-culture
The avant-garde
Links between poetry and art
Communism
Transatlantic concerns
Nuclear power and apocalypse
Eco-poetics
Nostalgia
Idealism
Lyric
Epic
Elegy

Please email a 250-word abstract (in Word format) to: newclearforms@googlegroups.com, by Friday 1st May 2009.

Keynote Speakers include: Yusef Komunyakaa, Prof. Adam Piette, Prof. Michael Schmidt and Prof. Geoff Ward.

More information is available on our website: www.gla.ac.uk/departments/sesll/seminarsandconferences/newclearforms/