Victorian Prosody/Deadline 2 July 2012
Recent scholarship on Victorian prosody embraces the notion that formal aesthetics informs and is informed by historical and cultural contingencies. The rich array of poetic forms in the Victorian period opens up important discussions about how lyrical measures weigh and measure a culture. While any formal decision a poet makes is an act of indebtedness to a previous construction, that decision also marks a poet's place in a particular economy that includes considerations of gender, class, private partnerships, sexuality, race, and religion, among others. This panel calls for papers on Victorian prosody that can use the tropes of the conference theme, "debt," to shed light on our understanding of poetics in an age of the novel.
Please send 250-word abstracts by July 2nd to Andrea Gazzaniga,firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chair: Andrea Gazzaniga, Northern Kentucky University