>From: "Mara Scanlon" <[log in to unmask]>
>Subject: CFP: Poetry and Dialogism (1/5/07; collection)
>CALL FOR PAPERS
>Now accepting submissions for an edited volume of essays on
>Dialogism and Poetry.
>Traditional concepts of poetry have frequently, and in the
>post-Romantic era nearly universally, precluded dialogic forms or
>intentions, adhering instead to an assumption of poetic monologism
>that focuses on a voice that is (in the case of the lyric) singular
>and personal and (in the case of the epic) unitary and centralizing.
>Thus critical practice has, perhaps even unwittingly, reinforced
>Mikhail Bakhtin's assertion that, although the poet may be aware "as
>a human being surrounded by living hetero- and polyglossia" of the
>relationship that exists between discourses (that is, of dialogism),
>"this relationship could not find a place in the poetic style of his
>work without destroying that style . . .and in the process turning
>the poet into a writer of prose." Though some scholars have written
>compelling critical arguments insisting that multivocality and
>dialogism are possible in poetry, that work has been scattered. But
>this scholarship is arguably more pressing than ever!
> as theorists of literature and ethics have, in Jeffrey T. Nealon's
>words, "increasingly turned to a dialogic, intersubjective
>understanding of ethics" and as various critics of the genre
>question its isolation from the public sphere and contemporary
>readership. Instituting its own dialogue among scholars, then, this
>volume aims to bring together substantial new essays in the field
>with some foundational ones to establish a solid and
>thought-provoking ground for future work by interrogating common but
>reductive models of poetry and opening new approaches to the
>teaching of and scholarship on the genre.
>Some possible but not exclusive foci include theorizations of
>dialogic poetry's viability, ethics, or forms, and/or its
>relationship to traditional subgenres such as apostrophe and
>dramatic monologue and to theorists of dialogue such as Bakhtin,
>Levinas, Buber, or Celan. Discussions of specific, illustrative
>poems, poets, or genres are welcome, as are questions of
>answerability and extratextual dialogue. Papers using poetry not
>written in English must provide full in-text translation. Inquiries
>may be made to [log in to unmask] Please send essays and brief bios
>to Mara Scanlon / Associate Professor of English / University of
>Mary Washington / 1301 College Avenue / Fredericksburg, VA 22401.
>Deadline January 5, 2007.
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