Wallace Stevens and Material Culture
Stevens’ relationship with the objects of the material world has seldom been explored, perhaps in part because his readers and critics have emphasized his tendency for abstraction. This panel focuses attention on the many “things” that appear in and fill Stevens’ poems—as well as those that don’t but might have been expected, in light of his professional and personal life experiences and his abiding interests. The panel may also consider the ways in which Stevens’ “things” (and even instances of the word, “things,” in his poetry) might be used to theorize his relationship with material culture. Does Stevens make distinctions between ordinary and rare objects in his poetry? Is there a hierarchy of objects that we might perceive? Papers on any aspect of Stevens’ treatment of material culture are welcome, but those attending to the following types of objects are especially encouraged: objects used by Stevens as a poet; objects with religious meaning; objects related to or reflective of modernity; objects associated with or expressive of war; objects expressive of gender; instrumental and art objects (e.g., musical instruments, writing instruments, etc.).
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