Postmodern Poetry and Politics

full name / name of organization: 
Nandini Ramesh Sankar
contact email: 
nr66@cornell.edu

Postmodern Poetry and Politics

We invite papers on the relationship between Postmodern poetry and politics for an MLA 2012 special session. Some questions that the session would like to address: What does it mean to write politically engaged poetry in the 20th century? How has Anglophone poetry responded to political crises since World War II? How might the political atmosphere in which a volume is published converse with the contents of the book? For instance, how does poetry written in 1968 (George Oppen’s Of Being Numerous, Charles Olson’s The Maximus Poems IV, V, VI, Book I of Ed Dorn’s Gunslinger, and J.H. Prynne’s Kitchen Poems, for instance) engage with the political atmosphere of that iconic year? Is poetry, as praxis, intrinsically political? Does political poetry have identifiable formal qualities (‘indeterminacy,’ ‘openness,’ ‘difficulty’)? These questions, of course, by no means exhaust the area; proposals on any related topic are welcome. Please send a 300-word abstract and CV to Nandini Ramesh Sankar at nr66@cornell.edu by 28 March 2010.

cfp categories: 
cultural_studies_and_historical_approaches
poetry
theory
twentieth_century_and_beyond