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-Panel and Roundtable Proposals Due

June 20
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Featured Speakers

Listed in alphabetical order

davidsonMichael Davidson is Professor of Literature at the University of California, San Diego. He is the author of Concerto for the Left Hand; Disability and the Defamiliar (University of Michigan, 2008), Guys Like Us: Citing Masculinity in Cold War Poetics (University of Chicago, 2003), Ghostlier Demarcations: Modern Poetry and the Material Word (University of California, 1997), and The San Francisco Renaissance: Poetics and Community at Mid-Century (Cambridge, 1989). His most recent book, On the Outskirts of Form; Practicing Cultural Poetics (Wesleyan, 2011) considers poems that challenge traditional poetic forms and in doing so trouble normative boundaries of sexuality, subjectivity, gender, and citizenship. He is the editor of The New Collected Poems of George Oppen (New Directions, 2002) and the author of eight books of poetry, the most recent of which is The Arcades (O Books, 1998). With Lyn Hejinian, Barrett Watten, and Ron Silliman, he is the co-author of Leningrad (Mercury House Press, 1991).

EllmannMaud Ellmann is the Randy L. & Melvin R. Berlin Professor of the Development of the Novel in English in the Department of English at the University of Chicago. She has written Elizabeth Bowen: The Shadow Across the Page (Edinburgh, 2003), which was nominated for the British Academy Book Prize, The Hunger Artists: Starving, Writing, and Imprisonment (Harvard, 1993), and The Poetics of Impersonality: T. S. Eliot and Ezra Pound (Harvard, 1987). A synthesis of her work on modernism, psychoanalysis and Irish literature, her most recent book, The Nets of Modernism (Cambridge, 2010), sharpens our sense of what has been called the “dissolution of the self” in modernist fiction by exploring the significance of images of bodily violation and exchange – scar, bite, wound, and their psychic equivalents – to the modernist imagination.

FergusonRobert Ferguson is George Edward Woodberry Professor in Law, Literature, and Criticism at the University of Columbia Law School. He has taught in the English departments at Harvard, the University of Chicago, Stanford, and Princeton, and has taught law at the University of Chicago and Yale. Recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Fellowship to the National Humanities Center, and the Willard Hurst Award for Legal History from the Law and Society Association, Robert Ferguson has been a leading figure in developing the growing field of law and literature and one of its most important thinkers. He is the author of Reading the Early Republic (Harvard, 2004), The American Enlightenment, 1750-1820 (Harvard, 1997), and Law and Letters in American Culture (Cambridge, 1984). With his most recent book, The Trial in American Life (University of Chicago, 2008), Ferguson brings his scholarly focus to the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, examining the cultural impact of particular legal decisions and events on American society, including the Haymarket and Rosenberg prosecutions.