Stevens and Rhyme, Louisville Conference, Sept. 1 deadline

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Roi Tartakovsky
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Stevens and Rhyme

The Wallace Stevens Society invites abstracts for papers for the 2015 Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture since 1900 (

Wallace Stevens' poetry offers a particularly rich and rewarding treasury for an investigation of poetic sound. And, indeed, the body of work that has accumulated around Stevens shows critics' responses to such topics as the musicality of his verse and his very notions of musicality, the intricacies of his metric, and his use of rhyming and other sound devices. In this panel we seek to further our investigation of Stevens' rhyming, bearing in mind John Hollander's designation of Stevens as the "modern master of occasional rhyme." Talks can make use of old or new approaches to rhyme (e.g. cognitive, psychoanalytic, structural), and address either the rhyming of particular poems, or more broadly Stevens' forms of rhyming, the development of his rhyming techniques, rhyme in relation to other poetic devices, the (traditional or innovative) functions of rhyme in the poetry, the relation of rhyme to genre, or any other aspect of rhyme.

Please send 250-word abstracts and a brief bio to Roi Tartakovsky at, no later than September 1, 2014.