CFP: Poet's Theater (3/15/06; MLA '06)

full name / name of organization: 
Heidi Bean
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Proposed Special Session (and possible edited volume) on "Poet's Theater"
Submission Deadline: March 15, 2006
MLA Convention: Philadelphia, Dec. 27-30, 2006

In the spirit of the 2006 MLA convention focus on poetry, this panel seeks to
examine "Poet's Theater" as practiced by a variety of twentieth-century poets,
playwrights, and theater groups. As envisioned for this panel, "Poet's
Theater" refers to material and/or performative language brought into the
realm of live, embodied stage performance. This category includes both works
of "poetry" brought into the space of theater and works of "theater" whose
self-conscious use of language might be productively examined in poetic
terms. Although the immediate goal is to organize papers for an MLA panel, it
is also my hope to gather enough strong submissions for a possible collected

Possible topics include (but are not limited to):
Histories of Poet's Theater (as genre, as local practice, etc.)
Production histories
Poet's Theater communities
Strategies of writing, directing, and/or acting
Collaborative aspects of Poet's Theater
Critical approaches
Examinations of audience
Approaches to staging
Multimedia and visual elements in Poet's Theater
The role of embodiment in Poet's Theater
The role of language in Poet's Theater
Comparisons of different Poet's Theater practices, communities, etc.
Poet's Theater as cultural, political, and/or ethical intervention

Please submit 300-word abstracts and brief bio or CV to
by March 15, 2006 (and indicate with your submission whether you will require
any audiovisual equipment). Selected presenters are required to be members of
MLA by April 7, 2006.

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