CFP: George Oppen: A Centenary Conference (UK) (11/1/07; Fall 08)

full name / name of organization: 
Lee Spinks
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CFP: 'George Oppen: A Centenary Conference', conference, Fall/Autumn 2008,
Edinburgh University.

2008 marks the centenary of the birth of the American poet George
Oppen. From his early "objectivist" volume Discrete Series (1934) to
the spare and enigmatic meditations of Primitive (1978), Oppen's work
consistently interrogated the relationship between poetry and sincerity
and the ground of political and ethical value. This conference will
include major
scholars from both sides of the Atlantic in order to celebrate Oppen's
centenary and to consider key aspects of his artistic achievement and
An edited volume of specially commissioned essays arising out of papers
given at the conference is also planned.

Possible topics for consideration include: Objectivism and the literary
object; style and sincerity; literary and philsophical modernism; the
cold war; the idea of America; poetry and the polis.

Abstracts of no more than 500 words should be sent to The deadline for submissions is November 1, 2007.

Lee Spinks (English Literature, University
of Edinburgh)

Dr Lee Spinks
English Literature
University of Edinburgh
David Hume Tower
George Square
Edinburgh EH8 9JX
United Kingdom

Tel. 0131 650 3616
Fax. 0131 650 6898

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