Disciplined Verse: Academia and Nineteenth-Century American Poetry and Poetics (April 12-15, 2012; Berkeley, CA)

full name / name of organization: 
C19: The Society of Nineteenth-Century Americanists
contact email: 
caroline.gelmi@tufts.edu and erin.kappeler@tufts.edu

Disciplined Verse: Academia and Nineteenth-Century American Poetry and Poetics

For C19: The Society of Nineteenth-Century Americanists Conference to be held from April 12-15, 2012 in Berkeley, CA.

We are seeking participants for a panel that explores how the fields of poetry and poetics were shaped by the rise of the academic discourses of ethnology and folklore studies in American universities in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. As ethnographic and folklore studies overlapped with more established forms of philological and historical inquiry, they played a significant role in the development of both English and comparative literary study, affecting how scholars conceived of national literary cultures and transnational exchange and translation. These disciplines helped to create a notion of literature as a potential folkloric object and a repository of ethnographic knowledge. This panel seeks to explore how literary authors responded to the changed terrain of institutional literary study in the long nineteenth century. What did these academic prospects mean for the study of poetry and poetics more specifically? And how do the overlaps between ethnology, folklore, and literature affect our prospects for the future study of nineteenth-century American verse culture? We welcome papers that address these issues in the work of particular poets, as well as wider poetic discourses and printing and reading practices, and explore their cultural, political, and social implications. Please send a 250 to 300 word abstract to caroline.gelmi@tufts.edu and erin.kappeler@tufts.edu by Friday September 23rd.

cfp categories: 
american
cultural_studies_and_historical_approaches
ethnicity_and_national_identity
modernist studies
poetry