CFP: The Indeterminancy of Allusion (grad) (1/23/07; 4/20/07-4/21/07)

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Other Voices, Others' Words:
The Indeterminacy of Allusion

T.S. Eliot's 1922 poem The Waste Land is generally considered one of the
greatest achievements and examples of Modernist poetry. Eliot's clichéd
claim about poetic theft–that "mature poets steal"–comments tellingly on
Modernist notions of collage. Admittedly, the presence of others'
thoughts and voices was not unique to The Waste Land. In fact, the
practice stands as a defining characteristic of literature, and can be
found in works by authors from Chaucer and Browning, to Moore and Acker.
We are interested precisely in these "other voices" that have seemingly
always found their way into literature, and are requesting papers that
deal with the purpose and practice of allusion and quotation in any
literary genre, believing that literature, like history, does not appear
ex nihilo. While this conference primarily focuses on these issues in
relation to Modernist literature, we are hoping to receive submissions
throughout numerous periods, genres, and even media, and thereby exploring
the continued and polymorphous interaction, contact, and/or collaboration
in the arts.

We are accepting proposals for both individual papers and panel
discussions. To submit, please send a 500-word proposal and any audio or
visual equipment you will need to, by January 23. If
you would like your paper considered for a respondent panel, please note
this in your proposal.

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