Call for Papers
Susan Howe: A Celebration
Susan Howe is a unique figure in twentieth century poetry. Her work came to prominence in the early 1990s in association with the American Language poets, but quickly set its own agenda outside these parameters. From her first career as an artist, Howe brought an intense sensitivity to the visual dimensions of the text, producing a diverse body of work that has continually probed the borders between poetry and other disciplines and media. In its unorthodox readings of the American canon, its obsessive interest in history and what the official narratives of history exclude, Howe’s work is unrelenting in its capacity to surprise and stimulate us.
In this, the first conference devoted to her work, we aim to recognize the impact Howe’s writing has had on contemporary poetics, and to provide a focus for new critical approaches to her poetry.
We invite proposals for 20 minute papers on any aspect of Susan Howe’s work. Please send an abstract of no more than 250 words to both Christina Makris and Catherine Martin by September 25th 2006.