Please find below the Final Program. We look forward to seeing you in Madrid in about a month!

International Conference

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Women Poets and Myth in the 20th and 21st Centuries


 Tuesday, April 25

15:00   Collect credentials and materials

16:00   Welcome

16:30   Plenary opening Lecture. Chair: Esther Sánchez-Pardo, UCM

Aurora Luque, poet: “Pandora’s New Box: Personal and Political Myths”

17:30   Coffee Break

18:00   Session 1. Chair: Silvia Herreros de Tejada, U. Nebrija

James Papoutsis, York U.: “Annie Finch, New Formalism, and American Yuppie Poetry of the 1980s”

Robin Tremblay-McGaw, Santa Clara U.: “‘Scarcely Silent though Often Unheard’: Eurydice and Echo in the Poems of Harryette Mullen and Kathleen Fraser”

Paul Michael Whitfield, SFSU: “Let the Nectar Mixed with Good Cheer: Sappho and Skepticism”

Wednesday, April 26

9:00     Session 2. Chair:  Melania Stancu, U. Bucharest

Rosa Burillo, UCM: “Sylvia Plath and the Agony of Life”

Manuel Botero Camacho, U. Complutense: “Searching for the Myth through A. S. Byatt´s Poets”

Melania Stancu, U. Bucharest: “Mythology and Everyday Life in Ana Blandiana’s Poetry”

11:00   Coffee Break

11:30   Plenary Lecture. Chair: María Porras, UCM

Robert Silhol, U. Paris VII: “Structure of Myth: Literature as Representation”

12:30   Session 3. Chair:   Sara Torres, Queen Mary U.

Stephanie McKenzie, Memorial U.: “Renouncing and Re-writing Myth: Imagining Anew and Employing Feminist Agency in Natalie Diaz’s When My Brother Was an Aztec

María Porras, UCM: “The Windigo and the Hydra: Myth, identity and heritage in the poetry of Louise Erdrich”

Sara Torres, Queen Mary U.: “Toward a Corporeal Feminism?: Myth and the Irruption of Chaos in Gloria Anzaldua’s Poetry”

14:00   Lunch  (on your own)

15:30   Parallel Session 4. Chair:  María Goicoechea, UCM

Rosario Guarino, U. Murcia: “Tejer y destejer: tradición y reescritura de mitos clásicos en la poesía de Aurora Saura, Ana Mª Alcaraz y Mª Cruz Agüera”

Mathilde Ferez, UCM: “Clitemnestra o el crimen» de Marguerite Yourcenar: ¿emancipación o pasión de una mujer?”

Laura Sánchez y María Goicoechea, UCM: “El Ciborg español: Voces femeninas en la literatura digital española”

15:30   Parallel Session 5. Chair:  Cristina Gámez, U. Córdoba

Leonor M. Martínez Serrano, U. Córdoba: “Following the Old Stones Skyward: Mythmaking in Gwendolyn MacEwen’s Poetry”

Marián Martínez & Esther Sánchez-Pardo, U. Complutense: “Niedecker’s Allegorical Vision: Re-framing Myth and the Material in Objectivism. A Cross Linguistic-Literary Proposal”

Cristina M. Gámez-Fernández, U. Córdoba: “Wanderers, Vagabonds, Seekers and Pilgrims: The Myth of the Quest in Denise Levertov”

17:30   Coffee Break

18:00   Poetry Reading. Introduced by Margarita Ardanaz and Rosa Burillo, UCM

Noni Benegas, Rosana Acquaroni, Emilia Conejo, María García Zambrano, Yaiza Martínez, Isabel Navarro, Sara Torres.

Thursday, April 27

9:00     Session 6. Chair: Francisco J. Cortés

Francisco J. Cortés, UCM: “Dorothy Parker’s Poetry against Resisting Myths in Women’s Magazines”

Elisa Ortiz, UCM: “Praise Be to Young Eros Who Fucks All the Girls”: Sex, Love, and Myth in Lenore Kandel’s poetry”

Mayron E. Cantillo, U. Valencia: “Refashioning the Christian Myth of the Apocalypse: Desolation, Repentance and Spiritual Awakening in Michael Field’s Poems of Adoration (1912)”

Mario Millanes, UCM: “Helene Johnson, rara avis del Renacimiento de Harlem: Langston Hughes frente a la nueva mujer afroamericana”

10:30   Coffee Break

11:00   Session 7. Chair:  Pilar Sánchez Calle, U. Jaén

Javier Martín Párraga, U. Córdoba: “The Myth of Nature in Canada: M. Atwood’s The Journals of Susanna Moodie

Pilar Sánchez Calle, U. Jaén: “Mythic Subtexts in Margaret Atwood’s The Door (2007)”

12:00   Session 8. Chair:  Rosa Burillo, UCM

Liz Schoppelrei, Pennsylvania State U.: “Myth through Revision: Nelly Sachs’s “Lieder Vom Abschied,” the Myth of Procne and Philomela, and the Trauma of Compounding Loss”

Hope Jennings, Wright U.: “Voices from the Wilderness: Post/colonial Trauma, Spectral Witness, and Environmental Apocalypse in Margaret Atwood’s “Circe/Mud Poems” and The Journals of Susanna Moodie

Christina Luiggi, Wright U.: “Reclaiming Mythic Sexual Legacies: (De)Colonizing Kinship, Kink, and Creation Myth in Chrystos’s In Her I Am

13:30   Lunch (on your own)

15:00   Parallel Session 9. Chair:  Miriam Fernández-Santiago, U. Granada

José Manuel Rodríguez Herrera, U. Las Palmas: “The Goddess Ishtar in Lesbos: The Transgender Muse in the Poetry of Sylvia Plath and Denise Levertov”

Beatriz Revelles, U. Barcelona: “The Cyborg and the Goddess: Toni Morrison’s Jandine”

Miriam Fernández-Santiago, U. Granada: “A Post-human Approach to Feminist Myth Re-Vision”

15:00   Parallel Session 10. Chair:  Marián Martínez, UCM

Dolores Juan-Moreno, Clark U.:” From Papyrus to Celluloid: Classical and Contemporary Myths in Aurora Luque’s Poetry”

Maria Elsy Cardona, St. Louis U.: “Poetry and Translation:  Aurora Luque’s Art of Making the Old New”

Josefa Alvarez, Le Moyne College: “Mito y viaje en la poesía de Aurora Luque”

17:00   Coffee Break

17:30   Stephanie McKenzie, poet

18:00   In conversation with Nicole Brossard (with Carmen Mata, UAM)

19:00   Farewell

21:00 Conference dinner (OPTIONAL, not covered by registration fees)


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