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Poetry & Revolution (MSA 17)

Forty-one years after the publication of Julia Kristeva's landmark theoretical intervention in modernist studies, _La révolution du langage poétique_, this panel proposes, following the conference theme, Modernism and Revolution, to reconsider the relationship of poetry to revolution, whether considered in terms of what happens within the language, the text's revolutionary effects, or its commitment to a wider revolutionary agenda. Does poetry promise what Arthur Rimbaud heralds as "étonnantes révolutions de l'amour" ["amazing revolutions of love"], or should it, acquiescing to W.H. Auden's dictum, concede that indeed it "makes nothing happen" and humble itself, surviving only as "[a] way of happening, a mouth"?

Papers are welcome dealing with modern poetry in any language, though translations should be provided for non-English texts. While presenters need not refer to Kristeva or psychoanalytic approaches to literature, they should reach beyond individual poems to address larger theoretical and political concerns. Of particular interest are innovative readings that put poems into critical dialogue with contemporary cultural theory.

The question of revolution should be construed neither as limited to experiments in poetic form, nor as solely concerned with global social transformation, but includes efforts to revolutionize relations within society, such as those of sexuality, gender, gender identity and expression, race, class, and disability.

Please send abstracts of 500 words to m-cole@wiu.edu.

Conference Location: Boston, USA
Conference Starts: November 19, 2015
Conference Ends: November 22, 2015

CFP Submission Deadline: April 10, 2015

For more information, contact: Merrill Cole

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