CFP: [Poetry] "to go on with the work the poet began": What are the Uses of Muriel Rukeyser?

full name / name of organization: 
Elisabeth Daumer
contact email: 

We are inviting papers for an American Literature Association session
(May 2009) that map the productive potential of Rukeyser's "long body" of
work and its position within 20th-century poetics at large. Ideally,
papers should engage individual poems within the context of the following
questions or themes: How do we use Rukeyser to understand 20th century
American poetics? How do we see Rukeyser's poetry and poetics at play in
the work of contemporary poets and activists? How do we use Rykeyser's
poetry to ask questions about the relation between poetry and ethics,
poetry and science, poetry and philosophy, poetry and politics, poetry
and gender? How do we use Rukeyser's poetry to rethink pedagogy in a
variety of contexts?
Email Elisabeth Daumer at or Hava Levitt-Phillips at with questions or ideas about the session. Submit
2-page proposals, per email attachment, by September 1, 2008.

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