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When “I” Means “We”: Poetry & Social Life

May 4, 2013 @ 10:00 am - 7:00 pm

Join us for the Eighth Annual Graduate Student Comparative Poetry & Poetics Colloquium

hosted by the Department of Comparative Literature

Location & Time:

The Princeton Campus Club, 5 Prospect Ave

Saturday, May 4th, 2013  from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm.


Saturday May 4th, 2013 the Comparative Poetry and Poetics Colloquium will host a day long conference reflecting on the relationships between poetry, poetics and communities. Oren Izenberg (University of California—Irvine) will deliver the Keynote Address: “Mourning, Willing, Making, Thinking” (10:00am – 11:00am)


Morning panel, 11:00 – 12:30am: Affect & Community

Joshua Stanley (Yale) ” Wordsworth and Impersonal Feeling”

Miriam Atkin (CUNY): “‘So Few Have the Polis in Their Eye’: Embodied Responsibility in James, Whitman, and Olson”

Jeffrey Neilson (Brown) : “Beyond the Buffered Self: Robert Duncan’s Post-Secular Community of Response”


Roundtable 1:30 – 2:30 pm: Thinking about Poetry and Society Today, Oren Izenberg, Josh Kotin and Jena Osman.


Afternoon Panel 2:45 – 4:15 pm: Poetic Being – Together and Apart

Ayten Tartiei (Yale) : “Politics and Poetics of Liminality”

Neal A. Allar (Cornell): “Together in the Dark: Opacities and Overtures in Edouard Glissant’s Les grand chaos”

Mande Zecca (Johns Hopkins): “Among Friends: Elective Affinities and Affective Reading in 21st Century Poetry”


Evening Panel : 4:30 – 6:00pm Poetry as Political Action

David Grundy (Cambridge) “‘Poems That Kill’ : Violence and the Collective in the poetry of Amiri Baraka”

Arta Khakpour (NYU) “A Divorce of the Avant-Gardes: Surrealism & Socialism in post-Reza Shah Iran (1941-1953)”

Meredith Benjamin (CUNY) “Snapshots and Shifting Pronouns: Adrienne Rich’s Poetics of Location”


Poetry Reading 6:30 – 7:00 pm: Jena Osman “Public Figures”




May 4, 2013
10:00 am - 7:00 pm


Campus Club
5 Prospect Ave