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DEADLINE EXTENDED: Spenser’s Sustaining Fictions (ISS Sponsored Panel)

Posted By J. K. Barret, Wednesday, May 4, 2016
Updated: Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Spenser’s poetry regularly considers how things have survived and might survive beyond the time of their own making. What can the emerging discourse of sustainability and the preservation of resources (e.g., the goal of recycling human output to reduce human impact) teach us about Spenser’s fiction making? This panel seeks papers that investigate the tension between a preservative impulse that hopes to protect things that already exist in the world and poetry’s prerogative, as Sidney puts it, to make “quite anew, forms such as never were in nature.” Does the history of poetics favor the unsustainable? Does poetry’s attempt to remake its worlds imagine an act of planning ahead distinct from warding off apocalypse? We invite papers attentive to Spenser’s approaches to time, fiction, and worlds (remade, persistent, unsustainably expanded). Possible topics include, but are not limited to: poetic models for time and temporality; responses to and appropriations of apocalyptic discourse; anticipation; lyric’s privileged “now”; form’s techniques of persistence; imitation and reuse; impossibility; finitude and capacity; imagination as resource.

Please submit the following materials to J.K. Barret ( by May 25 to be considered for inclusion: paper title; abstract (150-word maximum); 3-5 keywords; and a one-page abbreviated curriculum vitae (300-word maximum). Please note that RSA is very strict about word count: the system will not accept entries that go beyond the maximum limit.

Tags:  Spenser; poetry 

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