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CFP for SSAWW 2015 Panel: Rhyme as Liminal Space in Nineteenth Century Poetry (Deadline: Jan. 1, 2015)

CFP for a panel on rhyme in nineteenth century poetry for next fall’s SSAWW conference.

CFP: Rhyme as Liminal Space in Nineteenth Century Poetry (Deadline: Jan. 1, 2015)

Nineteenth century poetry is overwhelmingly driven by its rhymes, yet it is also overwhelmingly maligned for them. Very often, the kinds of rhymes in these poems are viewed as rigid, stultifying, predictable, or old-fashioned—as “mere jingling,” not worthy of much serious attention. Poet A.E. Stallings, however, writing in 2009, describes rhyme of any kind as a liminal space where something mysterious and transformative happens between words: “Rhyme is an irrational, sensual link between two words. It is chemical. It is alchemical.” Using Stallings’s definition as point of departure, this panel welcomes papers on any aspect of rhyme in poetry by nineteenth century American women, including (but not limited to) the following:

  • True rhyme
  • Slant rhyme
  • Eye rhyme
  • Stock rhyme, expected rhyme, “bad” rhyme
  • Rhyme in political poetry
  • Rhyme and genre
  • Rhyme and form
  • Rhyme and performance
  • Rhyme and humor
  • Rhyme and emotion
  • Rhyme and inversion
  • “Feminine” rhymes

Please send an abstract (300-500 words) and a brief bio to Melissa Range at melissa.h.range@lawrence.edu by January 1, 2015.

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