Call for Book Chapter Proposals: Poetry and Identity: Shaping and Sharing the Trauma of Displacement

Vernon Press invite book chapter proposals on the theme: Poetry and Identity: Shaping and Sharing the Trauma of Displacement

This edited volume will broach the topic of shaping a poetic identity through the prism of a traumatic experience of displacement. How does the poet present a disturbing personal history on the page? Coming from one place and being forcibly moved to another also involves confronting a different language and culture: how is such an occurrence translated to the page? Is poetry a space where cultures and languages clash with one another, or does the expression effect a reconciliation? How does this potential blend of languages and cultural references (including code-switching and code-mixing) inscribe a troubled identity, trying to reconstitute oneself via a poetic text? Could we go as far as to say that, in an attempt to reconstruct a shattered identity, the poetic body of the text may be a reflection and register of displacement itself? And if so, how is the reader to respond? Is it visually (how is the layout arranged? Are there any unusual elements or ruptures with the traditional poetic codes?), or aurally (is the hearing tickled by any peculiar resonance or repetitive patterns, for instance)? To what extent does sharing a disrupted poetic text interrogate the very notion of Self and Otherness?

This volume aims to examine and compare poetic expressions from various times and places, which can be multilingual, multimodal, and so on (poems from volumes, blends of visual art and poems, performance poems, slam poetry, to name just a few possibilities), and to examine how poets from diverse backgrounds have tried to contextualize, re-shape, redefine, and/or resolve their own traumatic experiences through different poetic expressions.

Possible contributions include (but are not limited to):

  • Poetry and exile
  • Poetry and migration
  • Poetry and diaspora, diaspora studies
  • Art, poetry and traumatic displacement
  • Poetry and displaced communities
  • Poetry and isolation
  • Poetry and social-classes
  • Poetry and dialects
  • Multilingual poetry
  • Multimodal poetry
  • Poetry and outsiders
  • Poetry and reception theory
  • Poetry and genetics studies
  • Poetry, trauma and identity


Deadline for proposals: 3rd July 2020

How to submit your proposal: Please submit one-page abstracts/proposals to Lucie Houdu /, including a short biographical note.






This proposal is due on June 3rd 2020.

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