"After Sex What?": Cummings, Cultural Parody, and the Modernist Theater (9/25/13; Louisville, 2/20-22/14)

full name / name of organization: 
Gillian Huang-Tiller/The E. E. Cummings Society
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The E. E. Cummings Society and the Society's journal, Spring, invites abstracts for 20-minute papers for the 42st annual Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture since 1900, February 20-22, 2014, at the University of Louisville (http://www.thelouisvilleconference.com). With the recent publication of Erotic Cummings (2010) and The Theater of E. E. Cummings (2013), this panel welcomes papers that explore ways in which E. E. Cummings' cultural consciousness breaks barriers between the formal and the popular, the carnal and the transcendental, in staging modernism. We are particularly interested in papers that explore how the innovations and radicalism of Cummings' experiments in the modern theater run parallel to his experimentalism in typography, poetic genres, and in language and the arts. To what extent is Cummings' poetic or theatrical voice a cultural parody? In what ways is his poetry and prose theatrical?

Please send 250-300 word abstracts (double-spaced and titled) and a brief bio by September 25, 2012 to: gch7u@uvawise.edu