SAMLA 2011 Convention Panel: Making Poetry Happen: History and the Non-Western Imagination

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Derrilyn E. Morrison (MaconState College)

This panel examines the role of memory and imagination in the construction of identity and nationhood in contemporary poetry of the diaspora. It welcomes papers that go beyond a traditional historicist approach to reading poetic texts, and re-think what it means to read the text against the grain of history. Proposals may address any relevant topic and should be addressed to a wide audience. Themes may include but are not limited to:

The role of the poetic body
Text, subtext and context
Poetry as a culture of resistance
Cultural shifts created by migration/immigration
Performance poetry
Language and identity politics
Neglected poetry performances

Please email a brief bio along with a one-page typed abstract to Dr. Derrilyn Morrison at by June 1, 2011. Panel presenters must be members of SAMLA.