POETRY OF THE AMERICAS
5th Annual Graduate Student Comparative Poetics Symposium
Department of Comparative Literature
Princeton University, Princeton, NJ
Saturday, April 17, 2010
On Saturday, April 17, 2010, the Department of Comparative Literature at Princeton University will host a symposium in comparative poetics titled “Poetry of the Americas.” Graduate students at any stage in their work are welcome to submit proposals for a twenty-minute paper presentation.
In addition to two panels, the symposium will feature a keynote lecture given by Marjorie Perloff (Professor Emerita, Stanford University; Scholar-in-Residence at the University of Southern California), poetry readings by Kenneth Goldsmith (University of Pennsylvania, poet and founder of Ubu Web) and Roger Santiváñez (Haverford College, poet and founding member of Movimiento Kloaka), and a roundtable discussion in which scholars, poet-translators, and editors will address the possibility of a “trans-American poetics.”
Is it possible to theorize a trans-American poetics? The poetry of the Americas shares many elements with European poetry, but nevertheless, is it possible to account for the development of a particularly American poetics from Canada to the Caribbean to the Southern Cone? If so, what would its dominant features be? If not, at what points do regional poetics diverge? What are the particularities of language in the Americas, and what makes a poem an American poem? Poetry of the Americas proposes a multidisciplinary discussion of shifts in literary trends and the way ideas circulated through the hemisphere during the twentieth century. We wish to explore how poets express and interpret the idea of “America” and “the Americas,” as lands and nations, in conjunction with political and cultural changes.
We are pleased to invite papers that offer questions, challenges, elaborations, and interpretations of this year’s theme. We are interested in papers that work with poetry in English, Spanish, Portuguese, and French, as well as other languages. We are especially interested in proposals that take a comparative or interdisciplinary approach.
Topics may include but are not confined to the following:
The idea of “America,” “the Americas,” and “lo americano” as a transnational term
Transnationalism, transculturalism, “heterogeneous formations”
Concepts of “regional” poetics
Relation between formal innovation and development of an “American” poetry
Modernism, modernismo, modernismo brasileiro
The local & the international in American poetics
Appropriation, imitation, antropofagia; originality, authorship, intertextuality
Mestizaje/méitssage, hybridity/hybridez, créolitév
Relationship to non-American avant-gardes
Memory and social ritual; memory and posdictaduras (postdictatorships)
Poetry, landscape, geography
Poetry and temporality
American poetry & gender; poetry & race; performance of the “American self”
Translation, mis-translation, collaboration
Socio-politics of poetry publication, circulation, and reception
The American long poem
The American prose poem
Exile, migration, diaspora
The rise of the demotic register
The American poet as autobiographer
New technologies and the composition and promulgation of poetry
The politics of trends and tendencies
Conception of the American by non-American poets
Paper proposals should include a title, 250-word abstract, brief biography (including department affiliation and areas of interest) and contact information. Please include at least one close reading in your paper and send us attachments of the poems before the symposium. Papers will be pre-circulated to moderators in order for them to prepare responses in advance. Audio-visual equipment is available upon request.
If you are interested in moderating a panel, please submit a curriculum vitae and a brief description of your interest in the symposium by the proposal deadline.
Deadline for proposals: February 19, 2010
Please send proposals via email attachment, as well as any questions, to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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