112th Annual Conference - Riverside Convention Center, California
Friday, October 31 - Sunday, November 2, 2014

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Anne Carson’s Spiritual, Supernatural, and Sublime Poetics

Session Chair: 
Diana Shaffer, Independent Scholar
Session 1: Friday 9:00-10:30am
RCC Meeting Room 1


  1. Sharon Kirsch, Arizona State University
    Working with sources as varied as ancient Greek Sophist Gorgias’ performative “Encomium of Helen” and Joan Retallack’s The Poethical Wager, this paper explores how Carson’s Autobiography of Red and Decreation confront and define ethos as an exploration and deconstruction of identity across genre, time, and textual form.
  2. Claire Grandy, New York University
    This paper performs selective close readings of Anne Carson's Red Doc> while also comparing its structure, form, and themes to the philosophical approach to desire and ineffability that runs through Carson's oeuvre. I explore her engagement with time, memory, and loss as key tropes of desire. Desire is the pivotal driving force in terms of both love and knowledge for Carson, and this paper analyzes how Red Doc> structures desire as a receding horizon, perpetually approaching what can never be grasped.
  3. Gustavo Llarull, Cornell University
    Nox challenges our interpretive practices by preventing us from fixing the meaning of basic semantic units: the definitions of terms that have a most relevant influence on Carson’s search for the memory, life, and death of her brother Michael. This “suspended” status of meaning furnishes us with a richer, subtler linguistic repertoire to address the inquiry Carson embarks on.  
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