CFP: [American] Genre Issues: Rereading E. E. Cummings and Modernism (9/20/08; Louisville, 2/19/09-2/21/09)

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Gillian Huang-Tiller
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The E. E. Cummings Society and the Society’s journal, Spring, invite abstracts for 20- minute
papers for the 37th annual Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture since 1900, February
19-21, 2009, at the University of Louisville. Recent Cummings studies have increasingly
illuminated the often underestimated poet-painter’s poetic contributions to modernist
experimentalismâ€"radical typography and generic play through the verbal and visual space of
languageâ€"as not mere aesthetic effrontery, but as important cultural signification in its own
right. Considering the complexity of Cummings’ modernist re-imaginings of genre in all of its
manifestations (from the lyric to prose non/fiction and stage plays), along with his transgressions
of formal boundaries (including metrics and rhyme), we invite papers that reexamine Cummings’
modernist gestures that point beyond iconoclastic modernism and re-engage cultural realities.
Papers on the reception of Cummings and on Cummings’ relations to other writers are also

Please send 250-300 word abstracts (double-spaced and titled) postmarked no later than
September 20th, 2008 to:

Gillian Huang-Tiller
Associate Professor of English
128 Zehmer Hall
University of Virginia’s College at Wise
Wise, VA 24293
(O) 276-376-4552
FAX: 276-328-0173

Abstracts can also be e-mailed to Gillian Huang-Tiller at:

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