CFP: [American] Placing Poesis: The Work of Art and the Future of Literary Studies

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The 18th Annual EGSA Mardi Gras Conference
January 31- February 1, 2008
Keynote Speaker: Professor Cathy Davidson

We are pleased to announce the 18th Annual EGSA Mardi Gras Conference,
titled “Placing Poesis: The Work of Art and the Future of Literary
Studies,” to be held at Louisiana State University January 31 â€" February 1.

 We are seeking 15 minute papers or hour long panels that address the
current state of literature and literary studies and possibilities for the
futures of both. This conference will attempt to re-theorize the nature of
literature and current conceptions of art and criticism, while above all
paying focused attention to the art-object, its relation to literary and
cultural studies, the past, present, and future of aesthetic theory, the
role of the critic, and the work of the artist. We also invite literary
analytical papers, especially those that provoke unique dialogues about the
nature of art. The theme of this conference also holds implications for the
humanities in general, especially in terms of the intersections between
disciplines and the ways in which English departments often appropriate
studies outside of literature. The conference will offer a wide array of
panels, ranging from those focused on aesthetic, theoretical and critical
reflections to those that consider the creative process itself.

We are very honored to announce Professor Cathy Davidson of Duke
University, author of the groundbreaking Revolution and the Word: the Rise
of the Novel in America, as this year’s keynote speaker. Professor
Davidson’s current work combines theory, state of the art technology
issues, and the role of the humanist as public intellectual and civic
leader. Her keynote address will situate the study of humanities in our
current digital age, pushing the boundaries of how we conceive the roles of
the artist and critic.

This year’s conference will inaugurate the Jim Springer Borck Essay Prize.
The EGSA will award $50.00 to the author of the winning essay and make a
donation of $100.00 in the author’s name to the American Diabetes
Association. Details concerning the award and eligibility will be
available at the conference website.

Those interested in presenting at the conference are invited to submit an
abstract of 200-250 words no later than December 17, 2007, to the email
address listed below. Please remember that papers should be 15 minutes in

James Ayers and Rich Cooper, Conference Co-Chairs
Department of English, Louisiana State University

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