Queer Per Verse (MLA 2018)

deadline for submissions: 
March 10, 2017
full name / name of organization: 
CFP for MLA 2018 (NYC January 4-7)
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Two decades after the groundbreaking 1997 essay collection Novel Gazing: Queer Readings in Fiction, edited by Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick, no comparable volume of theoretical engagements with poetry has appeared. This is not because of a lack of significant, queer critical accounts of poetry, then or now. Yet this relatively small body of work in queer poetics has emerged piecemeal, rather than as part of a sustained, collective effort to consolidate a line of inquiry and further a dialogue between queer and poetic theories. This panel seeks papers that reflect on and/or extend this dialogue, bringing into relief the vibrant critical tradition behind queer readings in poetry and suggesting the broader theoretical value—at a moment when the fields of both queer theory and lyric theory are undergoing substantive contestation and transformation—of an engaged queer poetics. 


Please submit 250 word abstract and brief bio or CV by 10 March 2017 to Chad Bennett (chad.bennett@utexas.edu).