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

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Derrilyn E. Morrison (MaconState College)
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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.

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