American Prose Poetry: A conference in honor of Mary Caponegro

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University of Udine, Italy
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Please submit 300-word abstract for twenty-minute arguments. Send your proposals to by Sept. 30, 2014

Keynote Speakers:
Olivier Brossard, Prof. American Literature and Translation (Univ. of Paris Créteil)
Mary Ann Caws, Distinguished Prof. of French, English, American and Comp. Lit. (Graduate Ctr. CUNY)
Michel Delville, Prof. of American and Comp. Lit. (Univ. of Liège)

Keynote Reader:
Mary Caponegro, Richard B. Fisher Family Prof. of Writing and Literature (Bard College)

This conference will engage questions and insights on the use made by contemporary American writers of prose poetry as a genre rooted in the symbolist tradition. We will start from Michel Delville's writings on American prose poetry to study how lyrical narratives today creatively intersect with the coeval visual arts, in what Mary Ann Caws defined "an art of interference."

In this light, we intend to reconsider the experimental fiction of Mary Caponegro which eclectically re-elaborates artworks such as Joseph Cornell's boxes in her homage to Emily Dickinson's "Because I Could Not Stop for Death."

Topics might include:
Prose poetry as a genre
Its relation with Postmodern narrative experiments
Issues of gender and autobiography in American prose poetry
Lyricism and ekphrasis in Mary Caponegro's work
Idiosyncratic reframing of Italian American fiction in Caponegro's writing
Mary Caponegro's lyrical narratives in relation to the works of other contemporary American writers (Don DeLillo, John Hawkes, Rikki Ducornet, Joanna Scott, Carole Maso, etc,)
Caponegro in translation

Cfp. categories:
Prose poetry in America
Contemporary experiments in American art and literature
Italian American Postmodern writers
Ekphrasis in American prose poetry