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

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Mid-Twentieth Century Poetry and Culture I (Sponsored by the Robert Lowell Society)

Session Chair: 
Elizabeth Spies, Independent Scholar
Session 3: Friday 2:00-3:30pm
RCC Ballroom A


  1. Ryan D. Sullivan, University California, Riverside
    Thinking through Frank O’Hara’s mid-century poetics, this paper proposes a new model of queer lyric theory. Emerging at the peak of New Criticism, and at the end of the period of lyricization (as Jackson and Prins have contended), O’Hara is situated in a formative moment in poetic and critical history where the ways we think and write about poetry fundamentally changed. Because of this his work provides a particularly important opportunity to reconsider critical norms and queer the lyric.
  2. Reagan Lothes, CUNY Graduate Center
    This paper traces Sylvia Plath’s intertextual engagements with Edith Sitwell, who offered Plath a model for framing what we could call her “relational” poetics within a cycle of death and rebirth.  Culminating in “Getting There,” this strategy enabled Plath not only to negotiate The Waste Land but to reconfigure its historical vision.
  3. Florian Gargaillo, Boston University
    This paper examines Robert Lowell’s careful deployment of familial names in Life Studies (1959), and how naming allows him to explore (respectfully, yet critically) the decline of New England aristocracies like his own in the first half of the twentieth century. 
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