113th Annual Conference - Portland, Oregon
Friday, November 6 - Sunday, November 8, 2015

Queer Poetics

Session Chair: 
Ryan D. Sullivan, University California, Riverside
Session 3: Friday 2:00-3:30pm
Salon III (ET)
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  1. Samuel Bakkila, Portland State University
    This paper explores Live Oak, With Moss, a collection of handwritten manuscripts by Walt Whitman that reveal an autobiographical, confessional, and homoerotic speaker. This paper traces this set of poems as they were incorporated into Leaves of Grass in ways that both 'confess' and obscure the investment in homoeroticism of both the poet and his work, thereby demanding a retheorization of the queer poetics and politics of confession.
  2. Louise Brown, University of California - Los Angeles
    My paper will examine the ways in which Paul Verlaine, who writes with a feminine “je”, Arthur Rimbaud, who proposes conceiving of “je” as an other, and Renée Vivien, whose “je” simultaneously embodies two sexes, problematize the notions of poetic identity and subjectivity in relation to queerness.
  3. Brennan Bestwick, Kansas State University
    The second season of AMC’s period drama, Mad Men, begins and ends with numerous references to poet Frank O’Hara.  An examination of the poet’s work and photographs taken of the author, reveals a careful construction of his self image, efforts we find similarly exhibited by Mad Men’s star, Don Draper. 
  4. Jamie Maccarthy, Humboldt State University
    Poems are sites of (re)imagining; sites where we as queer women are able to (re)imagine who we are and (re)imagine those vital things that were lost when our Shadow-Beasts were banished and our erotics were removed from us like infected limbs. It is our poetry that gives name to those things that were nameless and formless until we put our pens to paper.
Session Cancelled: