PAMLA 2019: Poetry and Poetics

deadline for submissions: 
June 10, 2019
full name / name of organization: 
Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association
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PAMLA 2019 – Poetry and Poetics

Presiding Officer: Tom Jesse (University of Wisconsin-La Crosse)

Proposal Deadline: June 10, 2019

For this year’s “Poetry and Poetics” session, we are open to paper topics that span a wide range of (sub)genres, time periods, and critical approaches. Given the PAMLA 2019 conference theme of “Send In the Clowns,” we are especially interested in papers that engage with poetic “clowning” of all sorts—including but not limited to:

  • Literary tricksters and/or trickster poetics
  • Poetic engagement with humor (whether light or dark)
  • Linguistic innovation and “play” with traditional forms
  • Satire and farce as poetical/political strategies
  • Figurative (and literal?) chiasmus: Poet as Clown, Clown as Poet
  • Representations of clowns in poetic discourse (whether comic or tragic)

To learn more about this session, or to submit a paper proposal, please follow this link: