PAPER PROPOSALS: Following upon the panel, "Charles Olson and
Subjectivity," presented at last yearís American Literature Association,
Baltimore (May 1997), I seek proposals for papers on related themes.
This year again, the Charles Olson Society will sponsor a session at the
ALA annual conference (May 28-31) in San Diego. Last yearís panel
explored the reception of Olsonís poetics by women, interrogating
constructions of gender and sexuality in his work while seeking to
evaluate the contemporary relevance of his poetics. For this yearís
session, I hope to find proposals that measure Olsonís poetics (or his
practice) against ethnic and postcolonial critiques of the ways in which
mainstream cultural productions suppress or reify the "other." Proposals
for papers concerning gender, sexuality, and language are also welcome.
The session is open both to studies that historicize Olsonís
contributions to post World War II poetics and to studies that question
the relevance of Olsonís poetics to current practice.
Please contact me by return e-mail no later than Jan. 22, 1998 or write
Don Wellman, Daniel Webster College, Nashua, NH 03063.