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

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Poetry and Poetics I

Session Chair: 
Olivier Bochettaz, California State University, Long Beach
Session 1: Friday 9:00-10:30am
RCC Raincross F
Topic Area: 


  1. Shouhei Tanaka, California State University, Long Beach
    Conceptualizing a material ecopoetics in Evelyn Reilly’s Styrofoam that strives toward a “thing-oriented” imaginary, this study explores how Reilly foregrounds plastic as agential, accumulative, and abject objects that radically transform global ecology amid the Anthropocene by troubling the unstable boundaries between human/nonhuman, garbage/commodity, and local/global.
  2. Jessica Stark, Duke University
    In an interview Miroslav Holub claims “poetry is not a revelation,” but a “language of translation.” Analyzing Holub's Vanishing Lung Syndrome, I will apply Maria P.P. Root’s border crossing theories in an effort to use the metaphor of multicultural contact as a means of translating the complex networks of the bicultural presence of both science and art in his poetry.
  3. Conor Harris, University of California, Riverside
    Through a critical reading of several select works of Reina Maria Rodriguez I trace the development of a poetics of melancholy with respect to the dimishing revolutionary atitude of the Cuban government and its subsequent conversion to a privileged site of poetic resistance to any repressive imposition on the part of said government.
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