CFP: Poetry and the Unfinished (abstracts due 9/30/2014)

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2015 NeMLA-Toronto, 4/30/15-5/3/15

We are seeking papers that explore the hermeneutic challenges and opportunities of studying poetry that is unfinished, unauthorized, or in some other way insufficient and not considered worthy of critical attention. We hope to gain insight from works that deprive us as readers of some of the basic elements upon which we often rely when working with a published scholarly edition, thus reconsidering fundamentally how we read poetry, and indeed, literature in general. Topics might include works that are incomplete, have competing versions, or lack a definitive edition; works whose authorship or date is unknown; works that do not fit neatly into a national or linguistic tradition. Successful contributions will go beyond simply identifying unfinished texts to examining the specific hermeneutic challenges the unfinished nature of the text presents. We welcome papers in English that examine poetry of any language from any historical period.

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