UPDATE: The Indeterminancy of Allusion (grad) (2/17/07; 4/20/07-4/21/07)

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17 January 2007

Dear Colleagues:
On behalf of the Duquesne University Department of English, I am pleased
to announce a graduate student conference on allusion and allusive
strategies in English literature of all historical periods, entitled
"Other Voices, Others' Words: The Indeterminacy of Allusion," taking place
at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on 21 and 22 April
2007. Although all graduate students are welcome to submit abstracts, we
particularly encourage abstracts from students who may not have presented
their work at a formal conference before. Creative work and
non-traditional scholarship are welcome as well. If you have questions or
concerns, you may contact the organizers at kishbaughj_at_duq.edu or

Justin Kishbaugh
Department of English
Duquesne University

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 allusionconf_at_yahoo.com. Please note the
deadline has also been extended to February 17.

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