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The Imagist Revolution (MSA 17)

In critical appraisals of Imagism, the early 20th century movement has often been portrayed as "€œrevolutionary," especially in terms of form and technique. In 1963, William Pratt described the emergence of Imagism in England and America as a "battle for a new poetic style"€ and Helen Carr'€™s 2009 history of the movement takes its title from the often invoked epithet of the Imagists: The Verse Revolutionaries; however, this panel seeks to interrogate just how revolutionary Imagist practice was in relation to contemporaneous poetry and poetic practice.

Possible topics include:

- The novelty and/or originality of Imagist poetry/poetic practice.
- The variety and diversity of Imagist practices.
- Rereading Imagism.
- The difficulty in delimiting and defining Imagist practice.
- The influences and/or legacies of Imagism.
- Imagist practice beyond the 1910s.
- The possible relationship between Imagist austerity or "€œhygiene"€, as Hugh Kenner terms it, and revolutionary violence and war, what Marinetti refers to as "€œthe world's only hygiene"€.
- Translating cultures through Imagist practice. (E.g. Greek in H.D., Japanese in Lowell and Pound, etc.)
- Imagism and potential appropriative violence.
- Imagism as an avant-garde.
- The "€œverse revolution" as expressed through Imagism.

Please send proposals (up to 300 words), along with a brief biography or curriculum vitae, to John Allaster (john.allaster@mail.mcgill.ca). We welcome proposals on any topic that relates to the revolutionary nature of Imagism. Submissions must be received no later than April 10th, 2015.


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

CFP Submission Deadline: April 10, 2015

For more information, contact: John Allaster

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