The Emily Dickinson International Society seeks participants for a roundtable discussion of Dickinson's manuscripts as tales of travel, immigration and exile. This discussion might include both the manuscripts themselves and their circuitous history. T. W. Higginson insisted in his preface to the 1890 edition of her work that Dickinson's manuscripts "belong emphatically to what Emerson has long since called the ‘poetry of the portfolio’—verses written without a thought towards publication." Dickinson's "portfolio" was thus launched on a series of strange voyages, its leaves scattered in various locales for over a century before being reassembled into what many readers now recognize as a radically complex poetic project. By examining Dickinson's commitment to manuscript production, this discussion should reveal many telling glimpses into the unforeseeable travels one takes as a "supposed person" (L268).
We welcome traditional analyses as well as creative work that can be written, digital, or mixed media.
Please send 200-400 word proposals for participation in this discussion by June 15, 2012 to Trisha Kannan at email@example.com.