CFP: Scapes: Poetry and Looking (4/1/07; MSA, 11/1/07-11/4/07)

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MSA 2007 CFP: Scapes: Poetry and Looking

I take my title for this panel from a colloquium that Paul Volsik organized a couple of years ago. The word landscape comes from Dutch and refers literally to the "condition of the land," but when painters took it on, the word shifted to mean more how the land is seen. Many art historians, such as Angela Miller, talk about how the artist appropriates the land through the act of depicting it, of essentially mapping it, through those artistic decisions of framing, perspective, foreground and background, what is left in the picture and what is removed. Poets, too, control the scene of their work through comparable decisions. This panel will address those types of scapes, such as landscape, but also seascape, mindscape, inscape, taskscape, etc., in order to explore the impact of looking at on the subject of the viewer.

Please send 250-word proposals with a paper-title and a short bio describing your work and your institutional affiliation to Elisabeth Joyce, by 1 April 2007.

Elisabeth Joyce, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Department of English and Theatre Arts
Edinboro University of Pennsylvania
500 Meadville Street
Edinboro, PA 16444

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