Cummings Society CFPs: Calls for Papers

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(CP 697)

Members and friends of the E. E. Cummings Society meet to exchange thoughts and insights at two scholarly conferences each year:

a) the Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture Since 1900, held in late February at the University of Louisville and

b) the American Literature Association conference, held every year in May on the weekend before Memorial Day. In odd years, the conference is held in Boston; in even years, it is usually held on the west coast.

Calls for papers for these and other conferences of interest to society members are posted below.

CFP: E. E. Cummings Sessions at the Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture since 1900, University of Louisville, February 22-24, 2018 (deadline 9/8/2017)

“my specialty is living said”: Modernist Rhythm, Visual Form, and Cummings' Cultural Aesthetics

The E. E. Cummings Society and the Society's journal, Spring, invites abstracts for 20-minute papers for the 46th annual Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture since 1900, February 22-24, 2018, at the University of Louisville ( Taking up what Cummings means by “my specialty is living said,” this session explores Cummings' various modernist/avant-gardist experiments with rhythm and sound that came to shape his new art and new poetry. To what extent, the session asks, do Cummings' lines and line groupings, punctuation and typography, expressed through temporal and spatial movements, evoke a new measure? To what extent does Cummings' prosodic and sound texturing convey cultural meaning and respond to cultural noise? To what extent do Cummings' poetic and language styles engage his concept of the self and social influences? We invite abstracts that examine Cummings' thematic and aesthetic provocations, not only as a graphic artist but also as a poetic ironist working through a cultural i/eye. Papers discussing critical receptions of Cummings’ iconic or iconoclastic radicalism in poetic genres and other literary forms are also welcome.

Please send 300-word abstracts (double-spaced and titled) and a brief bio by September 8, 2017 to:

Gillian Huang-Tiller
Professor of English
Dept. of Language & Literature
128 Zehmer Hall
University of Virginia-Wise
Wise, VA 24293
(O) 276-376-4552
FAX: 276-328-0173

CFP: E. E. Cummings Sessions at the American Literature Association's 28th annual conference, Boston, MA, May 25-28, 2017 (deadline 1/15/2017)

The E. E. Cummings Society will sponsor two sessions at the 2017 ALA. We invite proposals for papers on any aspect of Cummings' life or work. Proposals that touch upon the following topics will be especially welcome: Submit 250-400 word abstracts to Michael Webster ( by January 15, 2017.

For further information, consult the web page of the American Literature Association conference