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

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

Session Chair: 
Katie Strode, University of California, Riverside
Session 4: Friday 3:45-5:15pm
RCC Ballroom A


  1. Melissa Fabros, University of California, Berkeley
    This paper will discuss Heidegger's query of techno-scientific thinking, as rhetoric of violent mastery, and his call for "a comportment which enables us to keep open to the meaning hidden in technology." I pose A.R. Ammons's longform poems as demonstrating Heidegger's conceptualization of a "releasment" that still remains engaged with science
  2. Steven Gould Axelrod, University of California, Riverside
    Lowell’s childhood memoirs compose a fascinating, cohesive, unsettling text, one that I am in the process of co-editing for publication. More acidic than the poetic revision of this material in the “Life Studies” sequence, the memoirs evoke a poisonous atmosphere unmitigated by their social comedy or brilliant eye for detail.    
  3. Sarah-Jane Burton, Western Sydney University
    Developments in 1950’s American poetry are often connected the concept of “Confessional” writing. At the centre of this movement was the city of Boston, Robert Lowell, Anne Sexton, Sylvia Plath and their 1959 Boston University workshop. Reassessing these writers as a trio, this paper seeks to demonstrate how, by incorporating aspects of their social, spatial and cultural context in their poems Lowell, Plath and Sexton created a unique form of regional writing and developed a collective independent of Confessionalism.
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