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CFP: Aging Poetically (3/15/07; MLA '07)

Saturday, March 3, 2007 - 8:58pm
Leni Marshall

Aging Poetically: a proposed special session topic for the 2007 MLA
in Chicago, IL.

Seeking examinations of poems about age, aging, and old age, in the
writing of late-twentieth- and early-twenty-first-century poets of
all ages worldwide. How is old age, aging, ageism, and age difference
depicted poetically? (How) does the poet's age vary the depictions of
aged speakers' or other aged characters' identities? What ties the
poets' depictions of aging and old age to their individual cultures?
How do ideas of and responses to aging reflect or resist their
cultural contexts? Explorations of all aspects of aging and old age
in poetry are welcome.