We are eager to post announcements of all international, English-language conferences generated by both writing and academic communities -- when those events pertain to modernist studies and contemporary innovate poetries & scholarship, particularly when focused on the works of women authors. This section will be continuously UPDATED between the September and February issues. Please send Call for Papers, dates, location, website information -- with plenty of lead time -- to Up'date Coordinator Arielle Greenberg [email protected]
CALLS FOR PAPERS
boundaries of daring": The Modernist Impulse in Canadian Women's Poetry
DEADLINE FOR PROPOSALS: DECEMBER 15, 2000
one alive to see
Livesay, "We Are Alone")
Modernism is a fraught issue in Canadian literature criticism. Robert Kroetsch once announced that Canadian literature passed straight from Victorianism to Postmodernism with nothing in between, thereby contributing to a marked decline in scholarly attention to the Modernist period since the 1980s. Poststructuralist and postcolonial studies in the last decades have tended to privilege narrative at the expense of poetry. Focus on the troubled relationship of feminism and postmodernism has contributed to the neglect of contemporary women writers' legacy from their Modernist predecessors. A festival of readings by several generations of women poets will address this question through performance and dialogue. We wish to celebrate the "wider boundaries of daring" Modernist women poets envisioned and created for women artists who came after and the wide-ranging artistic affiliations and inter-media connections they established.
Critically, the conference will supplement existing scholarship on Modernist poetry in Canada that has been primarily the work of poets, collecting manifestoes, identifying little magazines and other avant-garde sites of diffusion, writing biographies. A critical gap has emerged recently as the first outlines of a more general narrative of Canadian Modernism have been sketched with a decidedly masculinist cast (Gnarowski, Trehearne, Kizuk). Only the rare token woman figures in these studies as practitioner of an aesthetic to be surpassed on the way to greater artistic heights. Additionally, this narrative posits Canadian modernism as derivative of British and American experiments. Elsewhere, though, a rethinking of Modernism through the lens of gender has greatly expanded the number of texts and the formal range of rejections of tradition, as well as enlarging the connecting strands of association between modernists so as to displace the canon from a few masters. One thinks of the work of Bonnie Kime Scott who includes women writers of the of the Harlem Renaissance in The Gender of Modernism; of Whitney Chadwick in Women Artists and the Surrealist Movement and Georgiana Colvile in La Femme s'entte who show how Surrealism only appeared to objectify the feminine, proving rather to be an enabling aesthetic for many women painters and writers. Closer to home, Patricia Smart's ground-breaking study of Quebec women artists, Les femmes du Refus Global, suggests they were written out of the history of the Automatiste movement because still working today, in a variety of media, their artmaking exceeds the aesthetic of that particular moment with which critics identified the group.
In a similar revisionary spirit, we propose to analyze the contribution of women poets to the development of Modernism in Canada, in all its facets and in as wide a context as possible. One of the enduring myths of Modernism, with a powerful hold in the Canadian context, posits an opposition between formalist aestheticism and socio-political engagement. Yet these women writers pursued both projects; as teachers, editors, publishers, activists, they did much to build the literary institution in Canada, creating examples and opportunities for younger writers. We are therefore interested in contributions that examine their roles as public intellectuals and/or social activists as well as artists.
To this end we invite analyses of their political drama, reportage, reviews, criticism, speeches and life-writing, as well as the fiction and poetry for which they are primarily celebrated. What affiliations did they establish with their predecessors? With artists in other media? How has the next generation responded to/benefitted from their initiatives? What questions do these connections pose for periodization and historiography in the literary critical context? We also invite contributions that analyze their relationship implicit or explicit to international aesthetic and social movements, and translation of their work into different languages, including those of sound and visual image.
Please send a proposal of 200 words along with a brief CV by December 15th, 2000
Literature Association Panel on Lorine Niedecker
Call for Panelists
I have been gathering a list of Niedecker critics and researchers in an effort to organize a forum for scholarly discourse about the poet. Currently, I am proposing a Niedecker panel for this year's ALA. The American Literature Association is holding their 2001 Annual Conference in Cambridge Massachusettes. [www.americanliterature.org] The conference consists of panels representing various Author Societies and is now in its 12th year. To date there has been no ALA panel dedicated exclusively to the work of Lorine Niedecker.
I would like to propose such a panel for ALA's East Coast 2001 conference which runs from May 24-May 27. If scholarly interest is high and this panel gets accepted, then perhaps an Author Society and/or Newsletter will follow.
I will send information to interested parties.
an overview and Call for Papers go to:
Judith S. Girardi
Claremont Graduate University
& Music: An International Conference"
PROPOSALS DUE: January 15, 2001
Guest speakers will include Marjorie Perloff and Steve McCaffery.
Designed to bring a broad range of writers, composers and scholars into conversation, the conference will feature roundtable discussions, poetry readings and performances, keynote lectures and workshops. Submissions must represent innovative thought (either in the form of extending or challenging current critical positions). Any interdisciplinary critical approach may be employed providing it deals with the theoretical and practical interrelationships between XXth century poetry and music.
Please send proposals (max. 500 words) for 20 minute talks by Jan. 15, 2001 to:
Delville at [email protected]
Selected papers will be published.
"Surrealism and Women"
Journal -- no deadline
FEMSPEC, an interdisciplinary feminist journal dedicated to critical and creative works in the realms of science fiction, fantasy, magical realism, surrealism, myth, folklore and other supernatural genres, is now accepting submissions for a future special issue of fiction, poetry, critical articles and visual art by women who feel their work is affiliated with surrealism and by women who write about international surrealism -- the movements and its women artists and writers. We welcome both creative works in all media and critical works.
the guest editor:
Also one hard copy each to FEMSPEC office marked "Surrealism Issue":
email: [email protected]
CONFERENCES OF INTEREST
The Centre for Contemporary Arts, De Montfort University, announces an historic gathering of the international avant-garde:
LANGUAGE/POETRY/PERFORMANCE Friday 8 and Saturday 9 December 2000
LANGUAGE/ POETRY/ PERFORMANCE - a two day international conference examining how Language Poetry and the Sound Poetry, Fluxus and Multimedia Avant-Gardes have explored and continue to explore innovative poetic performance.
LANGUAGE/ POETRY/ PERFORMANCE presents exclusive UK readings and papers by Language Poets CHARLES BERNSTEIN (NY) & STEVE MCCAFFERY (Toronto) and by legendary transatlantic avant-garde innovators, Fluxus poet EMMETT WILLIAMS (Berlin) and Sound Poets BOB COBBING (London) & HENRI CHOPIN (Paris), along with younger poets, editors, radio producers, festival directors and researchers including: VINCENT BARRAS (Geneva) CAROLINE BERGVALL (Dartington), KAREN MAC CORMACK (Toronto), ANDREW MACLENNAN (Sydney), ENZO MINARELLI (Bologna), MAGGIE O^SULLIVAN (Yorks), REDELL OLSEN (London) & NAGY RASHWAN (Leicester).
WHEN: 1.00PM - 10.00 PM Friday 8 DEC. and 9.30 -4.00PM, Saturday 9 DEC. 2000. WHERE: Lecture Theatre 2.13, The Clephan Building, De Montfort University, Corner of Oxford Street and Bonners Lane, Leicester. Registration required.
ORGANIZERS: Nicholas Zurbrugg and Jane Dowson.
For more information on registration, accommodations and sponsors: CONFERENCE WEBSITE: http://www.cta.dmu.ac.uk/CCA/
(Northeast Modern Languages Association)
DEADLINE FOR ABSTRACTS: September 15, 2000
The following are approved panel sessions for the upcoming NEMLA convention. Two-page abstracts for proposed papers should be sentdirectly to the session chair by September 15, 2000 along with a cover letter and any audio-visual requests. If your paper is accepted, you will be required to join the NEMLA.
of Poetic Form
School, Poet: Contemporary Links
Press and Twentieth-Century American Literature
Surrealist Women Writers
CONTESTS & PRIZES
The Alberta Prize and the Fence Modern Poets Series
DEADLINE: 30 November 2000 (Alberta Prize), 31 December 2000 (Modern Poets Series)
The Alberta Prize, sponsored by Fence Books in conjunction with the Alberta duPont Bonsal Foundation, awards $5,000 and publication to a female poet writing in English for a first or second full-length book of poetry. The Fence Modern Poets Series, sponsored by Fence Books and Saturnalia Books, offers $1,000 and publication for a book by a poet writing in English at any stage in his or her career. For complete guidelines and entry form for both contests: http://www.fencemag.com or send an SASE to: Alberta Prize and/or Fence Modern Poets Series, 14 Fifth Avenue, #1A, New York, NY 10011
READINGS & SPECIAL EVENTS
BELLADONNA* Reading Series presents Kristin Prevallet (The Parasite Poems, Perturbation My Sister), Laura Wright (Hide: What's Difficult, Where Hunger is a Place), 7 p.m., Friday December 1, at Bluestockings Women's Bookstore, 172 Allen Street between Rivington and Stanton on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. Contact: (212) 777-6028 for more information.
WOMAN-EDITED JOURNALS & PRESSES FOCUSSED ON INNOVATIVE WRITING
Issue 8 available now with new work by poets including: Heather Ramsdell, Juliana Spahr, Liz Waldner and many others. Special British and Irish feature. Guest editor: Fiona Templeton.
(all titles 1999)
NO. 3 by Jenna Roper Harmon
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Editors: Jena Osman and Juliana Spahr
Editor/Printer: Dale Going
Poetry Pamphlet Series, 16 page books
letterpress printed on Italian and French mould-made papers
in signed limited editions of 100-150.
Unseen Stream, Jaime Robles, ISBN 1-889589-01-2
Even the Smallest Act, Denise Liddell Lawson, ISBN 1-889589-02-0
Bowl, Carol Snow ISBN 1-889589-03-9
Due this Spring:
&O, Dale Going ISBN 1-889589-04-7
Human Forest, Denise Newman ISBN 1-889589-05-5
Series subscribers receive each book at $10 per copy. Individual titles are
available without subscription at $15. Subscription requests and single book requests:
541 Ethel Avenue
Mill Valley, CA 94941
Outlet Magazine & Double Lucy Books
PO Box 9013
Berkeley CA 94709 USA
Outlet publishes poetry, fiction and criticism, loosely centered around a common theme. Themes have so far included fairy tales, ornament, and weather/maps. Please visit our website to view excerpts from current & previous issues, which include work by Franklin Bruno, Norma Cole, Malcolm de Chazal, Brenda Iijima, Lily James, Tan Lin, Pamela Lu, Yedda Morrison, Laura Moriarty, Michelle Murphy, Stephen Ratcliffe, Camille Roy, Linda Russo, Jocelyn Saidenberg, and many others.
[Sample copies: $5/ea. Subscriptions: $10/yr (2 issues). Checks to E. Treadwell]
Outlet (4/5) Weathermap -- due out Fall '99 -- will include new poetry and prose by Norma Cole, Gwyn McVay, Christopher Reiner, Kathy Lou Schultz, Liz Waldner & many others, plus an interview with Kathleen Fraser and a history of women publishers at the Poetry Project, NYC.
CALL FOR WORK—OUTLET
Outlet (6) Stars
Astronomy, astrology, celebrity, catastrophe, destiny, romance, navigation, wishes, fortune-telling, constellations. The passage of time. Hemispheres, seasons. Prophecy, heaven. Leonardo da Vinci/di Caprio. Submission postmark period: January 1-February 15, 2000.
Replies by: April 15, 2000. The issue will appear during Summer, 2000.
Editor: Susan Clark
send correspondence to:
Second Story Books publishes works which navigate a relationship between narrative and lyric, interrogating implications of verbal consciousness as event and invoking fugitive conditions of place, time and subjectivity.
Titles from Second Story Books:
Right Now, Renee Gladman
ajournal of poetics
PO Box 420936
featuring work by: Diane Ward, Carla Harryman & Lyn Hejinian, Norma Cole, Jocelyn Saidenberg, Linda Russo, Kristin Prevallet, Kevin Killian, Elizabeth Robinson and many others.
narrativity -- a critical journal of innovative narrative. Co-editors: Mary Burger, Robert Gluck, Camille Roy and Gail Scott.