Wallace Stevens and Community (deadline 9/27/10; Louisville, 2/24/11-2/26/11)
The Wallace Stevens Society invites abstracts for 20-minute papers for the 39th annual Louisville Conference on Literature & Culture since 1900, to be held at the University of Louisville, February 24-26, 2011 (www.thelouisvilleconference.com).
Anne Carson has observed "The poet is someone who feasts at the same table as other people -- But at a certain point he feels a lack ... he is provoked by a perception of absence within what others regard as a full and satisfactory present." We seek papers that explore some of the many ways in which Stevens' writings define such a lack or seek to compensate for it through alternative forms of community, be they real or imagined, personal or poetic, local or global, epistolary or direct.
Those interested should send a 300-word abstract to Anna Boyagoda (firstname.lastname@example.org) by September 27, 2010. Please include your name, e-mail address, telephone number, academic affiliation (if applicable), and the title of paper as you would like it to appear in the program.