CFP: Melville's Poetry (1/10/06; ALA, 5/25/06-5/28/06)

full name / name of organization: 
Faith Barrett

Who speaks in Melville's poems?
Herman Melville Society Session
American Literature Association, San Francisco
May 25-28, 2006
Hyatt Regency, Embarcadero

 From Battle-Pieces, to Clarel to John Marr, to Timoleon, Melville works
with an extraordinary range of poetic speakers and stances, exploring
the generic limits of the lyric and the narrative poem and building both
dialogue and personae into his poetic texts. Who are these speakers, and
what is at stake for Melville the poet in his exploration of these
stances? How do Melville's poetic voices represent tensions between self
and other, masculine and feminine, North and South, black and white,
East and West, faith and doubt, past and future? How do Melville's
poetic texts signal transitions or developments in nineteenth-century
American poetry? How are we to understand the connections or
disconnections between Melville's speakers and those of his poetic
contemporaries? How do Melville's speakers engage with the commitments
of romantic, Victorian, realist, or modernist poetics? This panel will
seek to explore Melville's range as a poet through an analysis of the
stances of his poetic speakers.

Deadline for submission of abstracts: January 10, 2006. Please send
title, 500-word abstracts, or completed papers to:
Faith Barrett

Department of English
P.O. Box 599
Lawrence University
Appleton, WI 54912-0599

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