[UPDATE] Disability and Lyric (Vancouver MLA Jan 8-11, 2015)

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Raphael Allison
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Disability and Lyric

Raphael Allison, Assistant Professor of Literature (MAT Program), Bard College

130th MLA Annual Convention
Vancouver, 8–11 January 2015
Deadline: March 15, 2014

While the literature of disability has recently become the focus of intense scholarly scrutiny in the interdisciplinary field of disability studies, links between disability and lyric have yet to be fully explored. This panel seeks to engage the larger question of how disability is represented—both mimetically and in terms of lyric form—in poetry from any period, though preference will be given to 20th- and 21st-century figures. Papers on all topics relevant to disability and lyric poetry are welcomed. Some of the questions this panel seeks to answer include, but are not limited to:

--how does disability relate to poetic form—the line, the stanza, figuration, the page? How does it question or challenge consecrated lyric genres?

--how do poets deploy disability not just in representation but in composition and performance?

--how is the dominant metaphor of "voice" or the "lyric I" treated from a disability perspective?

--in what ways do deaf poets approach voice? How do blind poets treat graphic organization of the page?

--how have disability or "crip" poetics been articulated and appropriated differently by different poets?

--to what extent is disability poetics collaborative?

--in what ways is poetry useful in abetting a "social model" of disability? In resisting naturalizations of the disabled body?

--what role has poetry played in the disability rights movement, and in forging the rise of disability studies?

--what is the canon of disability poetry and who is in it? How has it been constructed? What role have anthologies played in canon construction?

Please submit a 300-word abstract to Raphael Allison at allison@bard.edu by March 15, 2014.