[UPDATE] At the Edge of the Postmodern? American Poetry in the 1950s

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The Charles Olson Society / ALA May 2013, Washington DC
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Charles Olson was among the first American poets to use the contested term "postmodern" (in a letter to Robert Creeley, August 1951), and the 1950s may be taken as a pivotal or liminal decade in American poetics. The great Modernists (Eliot, Pound, Williams, Stevens) were still at work, but a new generation (including Bishop, Lowell, Berryman, et al.) was on the scene as well. Richard Wilbur and Adrienne Rich were writing poems of formal precision, while Ginsberg was reading "Howl," and schools such as the Confessional, Deep Image, New York, and Black Mountain were emerging. We are interested in papers that explore any aspect of the American poetry scene in the 1950s--literary history, literary criticism, cultural criticism. Papers may focus on individual poems or poets, or may consider the poetry of that decade more broadly. Please send abstracts of no more than 300 words to grieveca@lvc.edu by December 20, 2013.