Verse, Voice, and Vision: The Use of Poetry in Cinema (SAMLA, 11/4-6; Deadline 6/15)

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Marlisa Santos, Nova Southeastern University
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Paper proposals sought for a special session at the South Atlantic Modern Language Association Conference to be held in Atlanta, 11/4/11-11/6/11.

The intersection of poetry, one of the oldest art forms, and film, one of the newest art forms, highlights the relevance of poetry in the modern world. There are many ways that poetry has been considered in the cinema, and all treatments of this idea are welcome for this panel. Some possibilities might include the use of poetry through biopics of poets (ancient to contemporary), studies of particular directors who make widespread use of poetry in their films (e.g., Woody Allen), specific poems/poets that feature frequently in films, a specific poem that drives a specific film (e.g. Splendor in the Grass), etc. By June 15, 2011, please send 250-word abstracts and bios to Marlisa Santos, Nova Southeastern University, at