CFP: [Poetry] Langston Hughes in the Public Sphere (12/1/07; ALA 08)

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Matthew R. Hofer
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PANEL--Langston Hughes in the Public Sphere: Lyric and/as Rhetoric

American Literature Association
Memorial Day Weekend 2008
Hyatt Embarcadero
San Francisco, CA

Langston Hughes’s poems often make strong claims on his readers, and
those intellectual and emotional claims are often made through rhetorical
strategies. Where Ezra Pound found that W. B. Yeats (and other
modernists) “stripped . . . perdamnable rhetoric” from their aesthetic
work, “boiling away all that is not poetic, and much that is,” Hughes
actively developed the poetic potential of rhetoric, and that
recuperation may help account for his enduring stature as a popular--and
populist--modern poet. For this panel on lyric and rhetoric we seek 15-20
minute presentations that analyze the public role and relevance of
Hughes’s literary art, as well as its past or present rhetorical impact.

350 word abstract and short cv by 1 December 2007;
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