“Behold, I am doing a new thing”: Literary Form in Bayliss, Melville, and Olson - ALA 2021

deadline for submissions: 
March 25, 2021
full name / name of organization: 
Jonathan Bayliss Society
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The Jonathan Bayliss Society (www.jonathanbayliss.org) invites proposals for papers to be presented at a roundtable at the 2021 American Literature Association annual conference in Boston, Massachusetts, July 7-11, 2021.

 Please note: If a selected panelist is unable to travel to Boston because of the Pandemic, we may allow an electronic presentation, such as through Zoom.

“Behold, I am doing a new thing”: Literary Form in Bayliss, Melville, and Olson

 The Jonathan Bayliss Society invites proposals on form—structure, rhetoric, coherence, dissonance—in the work of the novelist Jonathan Bayliss and/or the poet Charles Olson, friends who knew each other’s work, and/or in the work of Herman Melville, who was an important influence for both Bayliss and Olson.  Each of these writers was an experimentalist in form, challenging our understanding of the shape that a novel, a poem, or an essay might take. 

 Proposals might address all or part of Bayliss’s Gloucesterman tetralogy, Olson’s seminal monograph Call Me Ishmael or his other prose or poetry, or Melville’s poetry or fiction.  Please send proposals of no more than 100 words to Gary Grieve-Carlson at grieveca@lvc.edu by March 25, 2021.

 For information about the ALA 2021 conference visit https://americanliteratureassociation.org/ala-conferences/ala-annual-conference/.