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Robert Volpicelli/ Penn State University

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In his 1913 essay, "The Serious Artist," Ezra Pound (perhaps ironically, considering his career trajectory) suggests that writing "good" poetry is as much a matter of aesthetics as it is ethics. The last few years have seen an increased amount of scholarship pertaining to the ethics of modernism. The majority of these critical inquiries, however, have centered on fiction in general and novels in particular. What if we took Pound's claim seriously as a way of shifting the attention of this conversation away from plot and toward poetics? What would an ethical poetry look like? How might poetic form be implicated in philosophical considerations of ethics? Is there a mode of poetry worth condemning, ethically speaking? This panel is accepting abstract submissions that entertain these questions and any others that engage the relationship between poetics and ethics. Submissions on any modernist poet, school of poetry, or poetry-related practice will gladly be considered.

Please submit a 300 word abstract and a C.V. (as separate documents) to Bob Volpicelli at The deadline for submissions will be March 25th.

More information on the conference can be found at the MSA's website:

Conference Location: Las Vegas, U.S.A.
Conference Starts: October 18, 2012
Conference Ends: October 21, 2012

CFP Submission Deadline: March 25, 2012

For more information, contact: Bob Volpicelli