E. E. Cummings: Nation, Race, and Popular Modernism (9/20/09; Louisville, 2/18/10-2/20/10)
The E. E. Cummings Society and the Society's journal, Spring, invite abstracts for 20- minute papers for the 38th annual Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture since 1900, February 18-20, 2010, at the University of Louisville. Considering the range of Cummings' modernist experiments and re-imaginings of genre through language, typography, and many art forms (from the lyric to prose non/fiction, to stage plays, and to the visual arts), along with his transgressions of formal boundaries (including metrics and rhyme), we invite papers that examine Cummings' multi-faceted engagement with the modern, in particular, issues of nation, race, and war, as well as his exploration of the popular vernacular. All are part of his efforts to stage another modernism. Papers on the reception of Cummings and on Cummings' relations to other modern writers are also welcome.
Please send 250-300 word abstracts (double-spaced and titled) postmarked no later than September 20th, 2009 to:
Associate Professor of English
128 Zehmer Hall
University of Virginia's College at Wise
Wise, VA 24293
Abstracts can also be e-mailed to Gillian Huang-Tiller at: