E. E. Cummings Sessions at the American Literature Association’s 34th Annual Conference, Boston, MA, May 25-28, 2023

deadline for submissions: 
January 28, 2023
full name / name of organization: 
E. E. Cummings Society
contact email: 

The E. E. Cummings Society will sponsor two sessions at the 2023 American Literature Association conference in Boston (http://americanliteratureassociation.org). We invite proposals for papers on any aspect of Cummings’ life and/or work. Proposals that touch upon the following topics will be especially welcome:

  • Political Cummings [e.g., “plato told,” “o to be in finland”] vs. the experimental imagist now-poet Cummings
  • Cummings’ “philosophy of life,” Norman Friedman wrote, was “transcendental, romantic, prelapsarian, organicist, and individualistic” (Art 66). Discuss by examining specific works.
  • Cummings’ art during and after WWI (Camp Devens, the flu pandemic, The Enormous Room, Him, EIMI)
  • Cummings’ poetry during and after WWII [50 Poems (1940), 1 x 1 (1944), and XAIPE (1950)]
  • Cummings and the Classics, Western and/or Eastern.
  • Cummings and Re-Vision [For some drafts of poems, see the Cummings Archive: http://cummingsarchive.org/ ]

Submit 250-400-word abstracts to Michael Webster (websterm@gvsu.edu) by January 28, 2023.

For further information, consult the web page of the American Literature Association conference.

Michael Webster

Professor of English

235 Lake Huron Hall 

Grand Valley State University

Allendale, MI 49401

e-mail: websterm@gvsu.edu