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

Mid-Twentieth Century Poetry II (co-sponsored by the Robert Lowell Society)

Session Chair: 
Steven Gould Axelrod, University of California, Riverside
Session 7: Saturday 1:15 – 2:45 pm
Henry 104


  1. Lauren Cardon, University of Alabama
    The Beats collectively rebelled against fashion, and yet their style was eventually marketed in a mainstream forum. However, it was not the more recognizable Beat writers who solidified a distinctive countercultural style, but rather, the often-overlooked female Beat writers and poets Joyce Johnson, Hettie Jones, and Elise Cowen.
  2. Paris Brown, University of California, Riverside
    This project investigates the importance of image in identity and the visual role of fashion in the life of Sylvia Plath. It proposes that Plath attempted to define femininity and her own career path though the intertextuality of clothing and poetry, forming a mythological identity pattern that simultaneously clothed and revealed her artistic vulnerability.
  3. William Mohr, California State University, Long Beach
    As mid-century public audiences for popular music began savoring more complicated lyrics, poets such as Anne Sexton responded by enfolding poems with live music. In this diffusion of formal poetry into show business, Sexton provided an early example of poets reconfiguring the social values of their work.
Session Cancelled: