Beauty and Truth in Composition and Literature

deadline for submissions: 
June 8, 2016
full name / name of organization: 
Georgia and Carolinas College English Association at SAMLA
contact email: 




In “Ode on a Grecian Urn,” Keats declared that beauty and truth are as one.  But are they? T. S. Eliot called Keats’s pronouncement “meaningless” and “a serious blemish on a beautiful poem.” Scientists and mathematicians debate beauty in terms of symmetry.  Aestheticians ponder what is beautiful and try to determine whether it is true.  Ethicists and theologians explore the moral nexus between beauty and truth. For its 2016 GACCEA at SAMLA session, the GACCEA seeks proposals that discuss beauty and/or truth.  Potential topics include:

Beauty and/or truth in poetry, fiction, and dramaBeauty and/or truth in composition and rhetoricPedagogies that seek beauty and/or truthEthics and the pursuit of beauty and/or truthBeauty and truth in cinema (American Beauty, A Beautiful Mind, The Truth about Cats and Dogs, etc.)
Beauty and/or truth in popular culture (pop music, advertising, mass media)
Other academic topics that discuss truth and/or beauty
By 8 June 2016, please send abstracts (not to exceed 250 words) and A/V requirements to Lee Brewer Jones at Georgia State University: