[UPDATE] Dickinson @ American Literature Association

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Emily Dickinson International Society

The Emily Dickinson International Society will sponsor two sessions at the American Literature Association Annual Conference. ALA will be held at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco in Embarcadero Center May 27-30-2010.

1) Dickinson's Erotic Writing

The Best American Erotic Poems: From 1800 to the Present, edited by David Lehman, includes five Dickinson poems, whereas every other poet included has been limited to one. In the introduction Lehman explains that the idea for the theme came from the ³recognition that there exists a vital American
tradition of erotic poetry² beginning with ³Walt Whitman celebrating the human body and Emily Dickinson contemplating the nectars of Eden." Papers for this panel will explore sexuality in the poems and letters, making the case that Dickinson's writing is central to an erotic tradition in American literature.

2) Open Topic

We welcome papers on any aspect of Emily Dickinson's life or literary work, including, but not limited to, theoretical approaches, biographical/cultural/historical contexts, manuscript study, connections with other writers, or representations/responses in literature or the arts.

Please send proposals and academic affliation/bio information to Stephanie Tingley and Ellen
Louise Hart