CFP: Poetic Form and Disability (3/1/07; MLA '07)

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Petra Kuppers
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A Special Session for the MLA 2007 conference in Chicago:

"Poetic Form and Disability"

We welcome proposals that address intersections, opportunities,
aesthetic challenges and disjunctures between poetics and disability
studies. The emphasis is on formal approaches: we are less interested
in poetry that narrates disability, or whose authors happen to be
disabled, but rather in approaches to poetry and poetry criticism that
locate disability in, through, and with formal elements. We understand
disability here as a social formation, playing across embodiment and
cultural embedment: but what shape this political understanding of
disability takes might very well be part of the investigation.

The panel will be proposed by the April 1 deadline. MLA announces
acceptance in mid-summer. Proposed panelists must join MLA by April 7.
  For more information:

Send 1 page abstract and short cv by 1 March; Jim Ferris
(, Petra Kuppers (

--Petra KuppersAssociate ProfessorEnglish, Theatre, Women's Studies3216 Angell HallUniversity of MichiganAnn ArborMI 48109-1003office: 734-647-7672email: petra_at_umich.eduhomepage: Books forthcoming: January: Community Performance: An Introduction,and Community Performance: A Reader (Routledge)February: The Scar of Visibility: Medical Performances and ContemporaryArt (Minnesota), ========================================================== From the Literary Calls for Papers Mailing List Full Information at or write Jennifer Higginbotham: ==========================================================Received on Fri Jan 19 2007 - 20:25:20 EST