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

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Poetry and Poetics III

Session Chair: 
Susan McCabe, University of Southern California
Session 6: Saturday 10:30am-12:00pm
Marriott Salon II
Topic Area: 


  1. Amber True, Michigan State University
    While there is little debate about the existence of lyric poetry in the early modern period, there is ongoing argument regarding lyric poetry’s access to any kind of interiority – specifically that interiority as a concept did not exist during this time period. My paper argues that early modern lyric poetry does, in fact, access a particular kind of interiority, although perhaps with a differing definition from current lyric poetry.
  2. Kevin Batton, Independent Scholar
    In this paper, I propose a reading of the earliest surviving non-tragic dramatic poem in Greek in order to understand the function and aesthetic effect of visual detail in the narration of myth. I conclude that it is out of the self-authorizing autonomy of the fictive world enabled by the dramatic form that the heroic tradition can be reinvigorated by the lyrical subjective perspective.
  3. Catherine Theis, University of Southern California
    My intention is to investigate the dynamic relationships between folk song, poetry and community as it relates to suffering and lamentation. I will consider the ways in which the art of flamenco inspires and informs grief, and why such lamentation is a vital and necessary force in the structural integrity of a community. Why are so many modern-day listeners drawn to an art form originally defined by strict ethnic boundaries that excluded them?
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