'Migratory Passings': Poetry and the Visual Arts (Proposed MMLA Special Session--November 12, 2009-November 15, 2009)

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Magdelyn Hammond Helwig/Western Illinois University
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In The Necessary Angel, Wallace Stevens argues that the relationship between arts is migratory, similar to the relationship between the external and internal worlds: "The world about us would be desolate except for the world within us. There is the same interchange between these two worlds that there is between one art and another, migratory passings to and fro, quickenings, Promethean liberations and discoveries." How have poets historically conceptualized the relationship between poetry and the visual arts? How has this relationship been manifested in poetic practice? How do we read collaborative or interart forms? This session invites papers that investigate the migratory relationship between poetry and the visual arts, from traditional ekphrasis to collaboration to interart forms.

By April 15, please email 250-word abstracts to Magdelyn Hammond Helwig, Dept. of English and Journalism, Western Illinois Univ., at MH-Helwig@wiu.edu

Midwest Modern Language Association
November 12-15, 2009
St. Louis, Missouri