115th Annual Conference - Honolulu, Hawaii
Friday, November 10 - Sunday, November 12, 2017

Elizabeth Bishop and Gwendolyn Brooks: American Un/Ease, 1950 - 1961

James McCorkle, Hobart and William Smith Colleges

Using Elizabeth Bishop's 1950 review of Gwendolyn Brooks' Annie Allen and Bishop’s 1961 letter to Robert Lowell as bookend documents, I explore the poetics of unease, one of omission and elision, in the work of Bishop and Brooks in this period marked by the cold war and the civil rights movement.

Proposal: 

Using Elizabeth Bishop's 1950 review of Gwendolyn Brooks' Annie Allen and Bishop’s 1961 letter to Robert Lowell as bookend documents, I explore the poetics of unease, one of omission and elision, in the work of Bishop and Brooks in this period marked by the cold war and the civil rights movement.