116th Annual Conference - Bellingham, Washington
Friday, November 9 - Sunday, November 11, 2018

Memory Frames: Contemporary Poetry and Memory

Session Chair: 
James McCorkle, Hobart and William Smith Colleges
Session 1: Friday 1:30 pm – 3 pm
Bond Hall 159


  1. Nan Darbous Marthaller, American Military University
    Samuel Taylor Coleridge wrote about the importance of memory 200 years ago. By comparing the opinions of Coleridge in Biographia Literaria with the philosophical theories of Bergson, there is an opportunity to better understand the consciousness from which creative energy flows and perhaps in so doing, appreciate the “esemplastic” meanderings of Coleridge at a deeper level.
  2. Eun-Gwi Chung, Hankuk University of Foreign Studies
    This paper contends that Ed Bok Lee’s poetry plays the role of agency acting out the collective, intergenerational memory of Korean American identities.
  3. Stephen Cope, Hobart and William Smith Colleges
    This paper explores the ways in which American poet Bernadette Mayer’s conceptualism, experimentalism, and improvisational ethos are central to her abiding concern with reclaiming a poetics of memory for feminist political aspirations.
  4. Helen Lovejoy, Peninsula College
    I explore innovative and performative poetics that offer new ways of voicing the traumatic. Specifically, I focus on the Australian digital poet MEZ, who intersects technology, the body, and traumatic memories in her work and uses computer code to disrupt readers’ abilities to interpret and interact with texts. MEZ asks how the digital realm creates new space for witnessing and testifying.
Session Cancelled: