Roundtable: Phenomenology and Poetics

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September 30, 2018
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This roundtable will evaluate the relevance of the philosophical field of phenomenology—the rigorous study of the structures of consciousness and bodily experience—to twentieth and twenty-first century American poetry through a series of short paper presentations. “[W]ords … are,” Maurice Merleau-Ponty argues in Phenomenology of Perception, “ways of singing the world, and … they are destined to represent objects, not through an objective resemblance … but because they are extracted from them, and literally represent their emotional essence” (193). This approach to poetry has been apparent in literary criticism, such as Charles Altieri’s 2013 Wallace Stevens and the Demands of Modernity (which considers Stevens’s poetics as a “phenomenology of value”), and in poetry itself, such as the Projective Verse of Charles Olson, where, as I have written elsewhere, he aspires to create verbal entities, such as his glyphs, that can encapsulate all experience. Please submit 300 word-long abstracts by September 30, 2018 to