Spectacular Language and Projected Verse (4 April; MSA Las Vegas, 18 October 2012)

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Mike Chasar/Willamette University
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Panel seeking papers on spectacular forms of language and poetry during the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries in American or European contexts. We are especially interested in work that addresses the intersection of language, literature, and technology in the public or entertainment spheres. How, for example, does the development of proto-cinematic projection devices, cinematic technology, and now digital technology affect the way we encounter and experience language? Are only commercial forms of language broadcast in illuminated fashion to the public, or have there been literary instances of such "projected verse," thus putting a spin on Charles Olson's phrase (or setting it reeling)?

The panel will take place at the annual Modernist Studies Association Conference between October 18-21, 2012 in Las Vegas. Papers are invited from diverse fields such as Art History, Comparative Literature, English, Media Studies, and so on. Please contact Abigail Susik and Mike Chasar at asusik@willamette.edu or mchasar@willamette.edu by April 4th, 2012 with a proposed title and a 300-500 word abstract.