Dr. Morillo’s vote for best published abstract from the W section:

 

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MacArthur, Marit J. "One World? The Poetics of Passenger Flight and the Perception of the Global." PMLA 127.2 (2012): 264-282. Abstract. Web. 14 Sept. 2012.

Abstract:

The poetry of passenger flight, especially in the early years of the jet age, is exceptional in illuminating the perceptual, affective, and ethical confusions of the global perspective. Offering readings of James Merrill’s “Flying from Byzantium,” Elizabeth Bishop’s “Night City,” Amiri Baraka’s “The Nation Is like Ourselves,” and Derek Walcott’s “The Fortunate Traveller,” this essay integrates theoretical grounding in the phenomenology of flight (speed, distance, time, and perspective), the legacy of Romantic landscape meditation in contemporary poetry and the evolution of the literature of flight, and relevant historical background about the development of commercial air travel. The passenger’s view in the period when flight was no longer thrilling and not yet tedious is a peculiarly apt trope for the difficulties of imagining the global and of registering the conundrum of globalization—in its most basic sense, time-space compression—from its repercussions in our private lives to the greatest humanitarian challenges of our time.

 

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Watkins, Clive. "Wallace Stevens: 'The Doctor of Geneva'." Wallace Stevens Journal 32.1 (2008): 73-92. Abstract. Literary Reference Center Plus. Web. 14 Sept. 2012.

 

 

This article critiques the poem "The Doctor of Geneva" by Wallace Stevens. This poem shows his writing style as formal, allusive, metrical sophistication, comical, and rhetorical. It is the combination of these styles all wrapped together that makes it an alluring and easy to read poem. It was said that it is not necessarily the ideas that make a poem good but it is the words that are used, as the words are what the reader sees and can relate to.