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

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Poetry and Poetics II

Session Chair: 
William Mohr, California State University, Long Beach
Session 2: Friday 10:45am-12:15pm
Marriott Salon II
Topic Area: 


  1. Olivier Bochettaz, California State University, Long Beach
    This study highlights the numerous evidences of Chinese influences on the composition of Spring and All. We will show evidences that many of the poetic devices used in Spring and All, Williams’ breakthrough as a modernist, are actually either borrowed from traditional Chinese poetics, or resulting from the fusion of the English language with ideogramic linguistic concepts.
  2. Addison Palacios, University of California, Riverside
    This paper focuses on the trajectory of Sylvia Plath’s poetry as she attempts to articulate the feeling of loss, to name that which has been lost, and melancholia’s effects on language. I also argue that poetry, particularly the confessional mode of poetry popularized in the 1950’s, can enable successful mourning while also identifying factors which can inhibit it.
  3. Ryan Leack, University of California, Riverside
    The paper examines several of Sylvia Plath’s poems within a neoliberalist and existentialist framework that locates her depression in both the oppression of a patriarchal, “post-ideological” capitalism, and in the objective meaninglessness of the cosmos itself, thus waging a war on Plath from both political and personal fronts.
  4. Krista Daniel, University of Washington
    My paper uses “The Rose” from William Carlos Williams’ Spring and All (1923) to examine how Williams’ commitment to the local manifested itself within his poetic aesthetic. “The Rose” deploys elements of Dada—specifically creative destruction and what Benjamin terms mechanical reproduction—to detach the rose from symbolic associations and rehabilitate it as word and object.
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