CFP: A New Global Poetics? (11/1/06; ACLA, 4/19/07-4/22/07)

full name / name of organization: 
Jacob Edmond
contact email: 

Call for seminar papers for the American Comparative Literature Association
Annual Conference 2007, "Trans, Pan, Inter: Cultures in Contact"
Puebla, Mexico
April 19-22, 2007

Deadline: 1 November 2006

Seminar Title: A New Global Poetics?

This panel addresses the contested site of contemporary poetry from trans-,
inter- and pan-national perspectives and in relation to the rise of
globalization and to claims for the emergence of a new global poetics.
Contemporary poetry and poetry criticism have been marked by claims and
counterclaims regarding the emergence or otherwise of an international,
transnational or global poetics from Marjorie Perloff's assertion of a
transnational poetics of "radical artifice" and Charles Bernstein's
controversial distinction between "idiolect" and "dialect" in discussing the
"Poetics of the Americas" " to Stephen Owen's negative appellation "world
poetry" and the heated response it provoked from critics including Michelle
Yeh and Rey Chow. This panel invites papers that explore these claims and/or
that address how contemporary poetries contest the space between nations,
cultures, languages, ethnicities and identities and between the local and
global. It also welcomes papers that investigate the deployment of various
traditions, from modernist and avant-garde to indigenous and anti-colonial,
and how these relate to assertion or otherwise of various international,
transnational or pan-national poetic affiliations. Possible topics include:

•           Translation and "world poetry"
•           Poetic postmodernisms
•           Postcolonial poetics
•           21st-century modernisms
•           Transpacific poetics
•           Pan-American poetics
•           Border poetics
•           Feminist and "post-feminist" poetics
•           Poetry's "imagined communities"
•           Poetry and the Internet
•           Transcultural and Creole poetics
•           Performance poetry
•           Publishing and "world poetry"
•           Diaspora poetics
•           Exile poetics

Please submit abstracts online at by 1 November 2006 and
indicate "A New Global Poetics?" as the seminar topic.  If you wish, you may
also send a copy of the abstract to Jacob Edmond (

For further information on the conference, please see

Dr. Jacob Edmond
Lecturer in Modern and Contemporary Poetry
Department of English
University of Otago
PO Box 56
Dunedin 9054
New Zealand
Phone: +64 3 479 7969
Fax: +64 3 479 8558

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