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 American Literature Association's 30th annual conference, Boston, MA, May 23-26, 2019 (deadline 1/15/2019)

The E. E. Cummings Society will sponsor two sessions at the 2019 ALA. We invite proposals for papers on any aspect of Cummings' work or life. Proposals that touch upon the following topics will be especially welcome: Submit a 250 to 400 word abstract to Michael Webster ( by January 15, 2019.

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

[Deadline past] CFP: E. E. Cummings Sessions at the Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture since 1900, University of Louisville, February 21-23, 2019 (deadline 9/8/2018)

"god america i": Nation, Form, and Cummings' Poetics of the Self
The E. E. Cummings Society and the Society's journal, Spring, invite abstracts for 20-minute papers for the 47th annual Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture since 1900, February 21-23, 2019, at the University of Louisville ( In his Foreword to the first edition of A Miscellany (1958), Cummings comments on his own growth: "whereas times can merely change, an individual may grow."  Taking up Cummings' self-confidence in his own development, this panel invites abstracts that explore the extent of Cummings' modernist growth as a poet-painter and as an individual. How does his poetic/aesthetic stance of an individual grow through his engagement with his own experimental, typographic modernism (as opposed to just the new art or the new poetry / vers libre, or the organicism of the Romantics)? How does Cummings' poetics of the self grow in ways in which he responds to the world of UN- (both to "an established order" and to "an established disorder")?  We invite abstracts that examine Cummings' thematic and aesthetic provocations, not only as an artist but also as a poetic ironist working through a cultural i/eye. Topics ranging from -isms, nature, ecology, science, machinery, war, propaganda, race, gender and papers discussing critical receptions of Cummings' iconic or iconoclastic radicalism in language and poetic genres and other literary forms are all welcome.
Please send 300-word abstracts (double-spaced and titled) and a brief bio by September 8, 2018 to:

Gillian Huang-Tiller
Professor of English
Dept. of Language & Literature
128 Zehmer Hall
University of Virginia-Wise
Wise, VA 24293
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