Modernist Personage: Lower Case "i," Language, Race, and Cummings' Cultural Aesthetics (deadline 9/10/14; Louisville 2/26-28/15)

full name / name of organization: 
Gillian Huang-Tiller / 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 43rd annual Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture since 1900, February 26-28, 2015, at the University of Louisville ( This session explores the full range of Cummings' modernist consciousness to evoke the personage who rejects the conventional capitalization of "I" for the persona of a lower case "i." While some critics have seen parts of his work as bordering on crudity, obscenity, blasphemy, and racial stereotyping, others have found his experimental and typographical modernism, as well as the multitude of selves presented in his work, intriguing. As Cummings' radical innovations in language, typography, poetic genres, and in visual and performing arts also pushed thematic boundaries, we invite abstracts that seek connections between Cummings' thematic and aesthetic provocations. For example, in what ways might his visual play with language, and / or his sense of modern personage against personality be related to sexual and racial themes in his work? ‬ Papers on other elements of Cummings' modernism and cultural aesthetics are also welcome.

Please send 300-word abstracts (double-spaced and titled) and a brief bio by September 10, 2014 to:

Or mail submissions to:
Gillian Huang-Tiller
Associate Professor of English
Dept. of Lang. & Lit.
128 Zehmer Hall
University of Virginia-Wise
Wise, VA 24293
(O) 276-376-4552
FAX: 276-328-0173