Niagra Falls, NY
“In philosophy we attempt to approach truth through the reason” writes Wallace Stevens. “ . . . [I]n poetry we attempt to approach truth through the imagination.” Reason versus imagination is the kind of oversimplified binary Stevens was fond of in his prose, but his assertion that philosophy and poetry are discourses of truth is particularly relevant today given the waning of discursive truth in our time. This panel, “Philosophy and American Poetry,” seeks presentations on the way philosophy and poetry interact as approaches to truth but will consider any connection between philosophy and American poetry with the stipulation that the focus be on the poetry itself. Papers might be on but are not limited to the influences of or affinities between a particular philosopher or philosophers and a poet, the philosophy of a particular school or movement in poetry, the use of philosophy to explicate particular poems, or theoretical explorations of the relationship between philosophy and poetry in general. Panelists can draw on any area and/or time period in philosophy they choose, and although all time periods in American literature will be considered, papers on Modernist poets (especially Stevens), post WWII poets, and contemporary poets are particularly welcome as are papers that incorporate NeMLA’s 2023 theme “Resilience.” Please submit your abstract to the panel "Philosophy and American Poetry" on the NeMLA call for papers https://www.cfplist.com/nemla/Home/S/20020 by September 30, 2022.