Materializing Verse: ASECS 2012 (San Antonio)

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Dustin D. Stewart / U of Texas at Austin

How did verse materialize in the long eighteenth century? This ASECS session will explore questions about the material contexts and conditions of British poetry between the Restoration and early Romanticism. Material should be construed broadly, as indeed should poetry. How was verse produced? What unexpected shapes did it assume? In what surprising and complicated ways was it embodied and performed?

The panel should encourage scholars to reassess the matter of verse by advancing recent work on histories and systems of reading, on the book trade, and in interpretive textual studies. How was verse repackaged or republished, adapted or assimilated or anthologized, serialized or (paratextually speaking) situated? To what effects? How, for instance, can verse's mediated appearances--in newspapers or novels, in prints or plays or sermons or political speeches--enliven our understanding of genre in the period? Some submissions might approach questions like these by way of reflection on our discipline. How does verse manifest itself--what is the material condition of poetry--in our current practice of eighteenth-century studies? The session will comprise three papers of no more than twenty minutes each, followed by a brief response by David Fairer (Leeds).

Proposals (ca. 200 words) by 15 September 2011 to