Sonnets and Modernity (extended deadline: 3/12/10; Los Angeles, 1/6/11-1/9/11)

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An MLA/LA special session invites proposals exploring the originality and modernity of sonnetry, including experiment, tradition, iconography, typography, forms, occasions, locations, and questions of genre for a roundtable discussion, January 6-9, 2011, in Los Angeles. This session considers the following questions: Is sonnetry congruent with modernity or does the choice of sonnetry inevitably signal joining a long tradition? What forms and reforms do late sonneteers project in order to seem "modern" to their own generation? And in the always-felt command of "modernity," what new or fresh attention do sonneteers need from us? How do sonneteers answer the "formal charges" often raised by critics against the genre? Please send 2-page abstracts and a brief cv by March 12, 2010 to: Gillian Huang-Tiller at