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2012 MLA Sessions

Friday, 6 January 2012

244. Dickinson's Fictions of Voice

12:00 noon–1:15 p.m., 303, Washington State Convention Center

Program arranged by the Emily Dickinson International Society

Presiding: Elizabeth Petrino, Fairfield Univ.

1. "Dickinson and Sincerity: The Nineteenth-Century Context," Vivian R. Pollak, Washington Univ.

2. "The Speaking Dead: Animated Corpses and National Crisis in the Poetry of Emily Dickinson and Alfred Tennyson," Margaret Rennix, Harvard Univ.

3. "The Influence of Her Servants' Ethnic Vernaculars on Emily Dickinson's Language," Ai'fe Murray, San Francisco, CA

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Friday, 6 January 2012

372. New Approaches to Civil War Poetry: Dickinson, Whitman, Melville

5:15–6:30 p.m., 619, Washington State Convention Center

Program arranged by the Melville Society and the Emily Dickinson International Society

Presiding: Joseph Fruscione, Georgetown Univ.; Tyler Brent Hoffman, Rutgers Univ., Camden

Speakers: Stephen Hodin, Boston Univ.; Cristanne Miller, Univ. at Buffalo, State Univ. of New York; Monica Pelaez, Saint Cloud State Univ.; Jennifer H. Schell, Univ. of Alaska, Fairbanks; Jillian Spivey, Cornell Univ.

Dickinson, Whitman, and Melville wrote war poetry that recent critical readings have scrutinized. This roundtable's goal is to investigate—as interactively as possible—the growing interest in parsing these poets' aesthetic, political, and formal responses. Through a variety of critical viewpoints, we invite the audience to participate in thinking through how critical approaches to Civil War poetry have evolved and will continue to offer new insights.

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