Intersections of E.E. Cummings and John Dos Passos
At the 2015 American Literature Association conference in Boston, MA (May 21-25), the John Dos Passos Society will hold a joint panel with the E.E. Cummings Society.
This collaborative panel invites varied approaches to examining the intersections between E.E. Cummings and John Dos Passos. Their careers overlap and in striking ways: both authors went to Harvard, were visual artists, wrote experimental dramas, served in ambulance services during World War I, endured the horrors of warfare and the censorship of the government, and engaged in the activism of the radical political environment of the early 20th century and the resulting hardships of the literary marketplace. In the 1930s, Cummings and Dos Passos both visited the Soviet Union and wrote about their experiences and impressions of the culture, and both experienced drastic shifts in political beliefs during that period.
We welcome submissions related to form and genre, modernism and modernity, war, gender and sexuality, transnationalism, print culture, archival study, politics, activist writing, and related topics. Collaborative papers and pedagogical approaches are also welcome.
300-500 word abstracts and a brief CV to Victoria Bryan, President of the John Dos Passos Society (email@example.com) and Michael Webster, President of the E.E. Cummings Society (firstname.lastname@example.org) by January 1, 2015.