Off the Page: Verbal and Visual Manifestations of Poetry, Toronto, 30 April-3 May 2015

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Sarah Jensen / NeMLA
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What are the imaginative possibilities of poetry outside the written page? What can this type of intersection reveal about the poetic text and about the text in relation? We welcome papers that discuss both ekphrasis and adaptation. Papers might consider poetry in relation to sculpture (including sound sculpture), photography, music, painting, performance, film, and other arts.
Some examples include William Carlos Williams's Pictures of Brueghel; W.H. Auden's 'Musee des Beaux Arts'; Regina Spektor's song 'Pound of Flesh,' which imagines the Modernist poet Ezra Pound as a character; and Carrie Mae Weems's amalgamation of word, audio, and image. At the root of all these projects and theoretical responses is the question of art as communication. By highlighting not only what is lost but also what can be gained through interart poetics, our panel addresses theoretical and formal concerns while exploring possibilities for connection, communication, and empathy.

Deadline for abstracts: September 30, 2015

Please submit 300 word abstracts and a brief bio through the NeMLA website here:

According to the new guidelines set by NeMLA, no abstracts will be accepted through email. Instead, interested scholars should submit abstracts through the NeMLA website.