Rainbow poetry

The Rainbow of American Poetry

18th International Colloquium of American Studies
Olomouc, October 25 - 27, 2012
Palacký University Olomouc, Czech Republic

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Thursday, October 25, Trámová místnost, Křížkovského 12






Unofficial colloquium opening: "Trámová místnost", Philosophical Faculty, Křížkovského 12

Introduction by Josef Jařab (Palacký University, Olomouc, Czech rep.)

Poetry reading by Dorotka Bachratá & Michal Kluka

Music by Tape Connection (Olomouc)

·         Friday, October 26, Room 3.20






Josef Jařab (Palacký University, Olomouc): (Un)Published Czech Anthologies of American Poetry

Justin Quinn (University of Western Bohemia, Czech Rep.): On Audenstrasse


coffee break and registration


Chair: Michal Peprník


Jan Nordby Gretlund (University of Southern Denmark, Odense, Denmark): Still Dancing with Strom: Nikky Finney's Poetry

Brad Vice (University of West Bohemia, Pilsen, Czech Rep.): Natasha Tretheway’s - Beyond Katrina: A Meditation on the Mississippi Gulf Coast (2010)

Marcel Arbeit (Palacký University, Olomouc, Czech Rep.): Parallel Stories: Poetic and Prosaic Cycles of Fred Chappell


Lunch break


Chair: Justin Quinn


Hana Waisserová (Anglo-American University, Prague, Czech Rep.): Obamiana and Breaking Through the Color Line: Emotions and Barack Obama's Blackness

Alena Smiesková (University of Constantine the Philosopher, Nitra, Slovakia): Space for Poetry

Jiří Flajšar (Palacký University, Olomouc, Czech Rep.): Humor in Postwar American Poetry

Mel Kenne (Istanbul University, Turkey): Translation as the Sine Qua Non in Modernist and Post-Modernist American Poetics


coffee break


Michal Peprník (Palacký University, Olomouc, Czech Rep.): Poetic Mottos in J. F. Cooper's Novels as Intertexts

Michaela Weiβ (Silesian University in Opava, Czech Rep.): Female Rainbow Poetics

Jaroslav Kušnír (University of Prešov): Identity, Aggression and Pop Culture in Terrance Hayes?s Poetry (Hip Logic, 2002; Wind in a Box, 2006)


Venue: "Bíla nora", Konvikt / Umělecké centrum UP Olomouc, Univerzitní 3

Poetry Reading: Maureen N. McLane, Justin Quinn and Kerry Shawn Keys


Welcome Reception, Konvikt, just above "Bílá nora"

·          Saturday, October 27, Room 3.20


Chair: Josef Jařab (Palacký University, Olomouc, Czech Rep.)


Key-note lecture: Maureen McLane (Faculty of English, NYU, USA):

My Poets: Divagations toward a Weather Report


coffee break


Chair: Alena Smiesková


Matthew Sweney (Palacký University, Olomouc, Czech Republic): Backwoods Broadsides: Samizdat Made in Maine

Mariana Machová (Literary Academy, University of South Bohemia, Czech Rep.): Quotes and Notes: Marianne Moore and the Boundaries of Poetry

Stephan Delbos (Charles University, Prague, Czech Rep.): Radical Formalism: Robert Lowell's The Dolphin

Stamatina Dimakopoulou (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece): Affect, Contingency and Open Forms in US poetry of the late 1960s and early 1970s


lunch break


Panel discussion: The Rainbow of American Poetry

Chair - Josef Jařab (Palacký University, Olomouc, Czech Rep.)

Panelists: Maureen N. McLane (NYU, USA)

               Justin Quinn (University of Western Bohemia, Czech Rep.)

               Kerry Shawn Keys


coffee break


Post-graduate section – Chairs:  Josef Jařab and Maureen N. McLane


Gabriela Jeleńska (University of Warsaw, Poland): Sherman Alexie and the Colors of His Poems

Jan Beneš (Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Rep.): Midwife of the New Negro: The Pedagogic Aspect of Jessie Fauset’s Poetry in and Editorship of The Brownies’ Book

Petr Anténe (Palacký University, Olomouc, Czech Rep.): Poems as Stories and Memories: Joy Harjo’s Narrative Poetry

Michal Kleprlík (Palacký University, Olomouc, Czech Rep.): Leonard Cohen & The Lesson of Baudelaire



Farewell dinner


The colloquium is part of the ESF project CZ.1.07/2.3.00/20.0150: Literatura a film bez hranic: Dislokace a relokace v pluralitním prostoru (litfilm.upol.cz)


The colloquium is organized with the kind support of the US Embassy in Prague.



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