SAMLA 2011 (Nov 4-6, Atlanta): The Scots and Their Verse: Poetry, Power, and Identity

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Tricia A. McElroy, English, University of Alabama
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In keeping with SAMLA's 2011 conference focus, "The Power of Poetry in the Modern World," this session will examine the impact of Scottish poetry on Scotland's literature and sense of identity.

Papers are invited that consider how Scottish verse both shapes and is shaped by a distinctive national consciousness. Proposals are welcomed from any period, and may focus on single poets, specific forms of poetry, or individual works. Angles of inquiry might include orality and performance; satire and politics; language and place; rural and urban voices; formal and linguistic experimentation; poetry by and about women; the emergence of reading and writing communities; the reinvention of native traditions; the politics of anthologizing; the convergence of Scottish verse and nationalism; the place of Scottish poetry on collegiate reading lists; and so on.

By March 15, 2011, please send 250-500 word abstracts to Dr. Tricia A. McElroy, University of Alabama, via email (