The English Graduate Student Association is
presenting its 16th annual research
conference, Significations, which will be
held on Saturday, April 30, 2011 from 8:00 a.m.
to 5:00 p.m. in the University Student Union.
As a showcase for graduate research and writing,
this conference has witnessed an increase in
state-wide participation over the years. In
addition to presentations from our own CSULA
students, we will be hosting a number of
students from throughout the CSU system.
We are very excited to welcome this year’s keynote
speaker, Joshua Clover, UC Davis Professor of English
literature and critical theory who will be
sharing some of his latest work.
We invite all students as well as family members
and friends to attend panels throughout the
day. All panels and the keynote speaker address
are free and open to the public; however, space
is limited for the keynote address. Registered
attendees, presenters, and moderators will be
For those who wish to register as participants in
the conference, the conference fee is $20.
Participants are invited to join us for
continental breakfast, lunch, and an afternoon
reception, and will be provided with a digital
copy of the conference proceedings. Additional
copies of the conference proceedings may be
purchased for $5.
CSULA students who register before March 28, 2011
will receive full reimbursement of their
conference fee on the day of the event. In
order to register, please pick up a registration
form in the English Department or use one of the
links in the box at the top of this page to
download a registration form.
For more information, please contact Cyndi Donelan,
Ashley Kramer, Ken Tighe, or Chris Kennison at
or call the Cal State L.A. English Department at
About the Speaker
Berkeley, California native Joshua Clover is a graduate
of Boston University and the Iowa Writer's Workshop; he received
his MFA from the University of Iowa in 1991. Professor
of English literature and critical theory at University of
California, Davis since 2003, Professor Clover also teaches
in the Film Studies Program and in the Designated Emphasis
in Critical Theory. A poet-critic, Professor Clover fluidly
writes across disciplines as he simultaneously engages poetics,
popular culture, politics, economics, and critical theory. He
has contributed poetry and critical writing to more than twenty
anthologies and journals. His poetry has been chosen three
times for inclusion in the annual Best American Poetry series
and anthologized in American Poets in the 21st Century,
American Poetry: Next Generation, and Norton Introduction to
Literature, 10th edition among others. Most recently, his
critical work "Autumn of the System: Poetry and Financial Capital"
has appeared in Journal of Narrative Theory (2010) and
"A form adequate to history: toward a renewed Marxist-poetics"
in Paideuma: Studies in American and British Modernist Poetry (2010).
Additionally, Professor Clover is a published journalist and
frequently contributes to the New York Times Sunday Book Review,
The Nation, and Film Quarterly. He is the author of two books of
poetry, as well as a book each on film and music, including
1989: Bob Dylan Didn't Have This to Sing About (2009), which
won the Time Out New York Book of the Year 2009, and
The Totality for Kids (2006)
which was a 2007 finalist in the PEN Center U.S.A. Literature Awards
and won the Village Voice Book of the Year 2006. The recipient of
many honors and awards, Professor Clover earned two Pushcart Prizes
and a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. He is
currently a Fellow at the Society for the Humanities at Cornell
University where he is researching a book project,
Capital Poetics: Poetry and Political Economy, which addresses
poetry and political economy, specifically the poetics of
globalization as an abstract dynamic and the poetry of the
lived situation of late capital.
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