CFP: The New Elizabeth Bishop (3/15/06; MLA '06)

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CFP: The New Elizabeth Bishop

I am seeking papers that explore the implications, for scholarly research
and teaching, of the publication of previously uncollected work by
Elizabeth Bishop in _Edgar Allen Poe and the Juke-Box: Uncollected Poems,
Drafts and Fragments_, edited by Alice Quinn. (This volume will be
published in March of 2006 by Farrar Straus Giroux; proof and review
copies are available now from the publisher.) The publication makes
available a wealth of material from the Elizabeth Bishop papers at Vassar
College, among other archival resources. Papers might explore these

How does this volume change our view of Bishop's development as a poet?
Are there any discernible patterns in what Bishop chose not to publish
during her lifetime?
How does this volume complicate our notion of Bishop's relationship to
modernism, postmodernism, and/or confessionalism?
What does the publication of this volume tell us about Bishop's status as
a canonical American poet? as a lesbian poet? as a woman poet?

Scholars who have done archival research on some of the materials included
in the volume are especially encouraged to submit proposals. Panelists who
are chosen must be members of MLA by April 1, 2006. Please submit an
abstract of 250 words and a current C.V. to Marit MacArthur at by March 15th.

Marit J. MacArthur, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of English
California State University, Bakersfield
9001 Stockdale Highway
Bakersfield CA 93311
(661) 654-6503

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