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The Vanishing Artist: Alienation of the Artist

Rich Murphy.

I propose to speak on the alienation of the post-modern American poet. First, I would catalog the layers of alienation that the American poet confronts. Second, I would examine the reasons and implications of each layer of alienation. Third, I would discuss the implications of the “differand” to the post-modern American poet who is already alienated three-fold. Fourth, I would share one kind of differand poetry and ask the conference participants to respond to the predicament of the contemporary American poet and the shared poetry.

The presentation would examine the post-modern American poet’s existential alienation, socio-political alienation, marketplace alienation, and cultural alienation. Finally, the presentation would examine the purposeful alienation of the post-modern poet and her/his fruits. The question that I would like to pose to the conference is the following. Is the post-modern American poet vanishing, committing suicide, or leading a the children of Hamlin in the spirit of the twenty-first Century’s “rugged individualist?

My presentation would take fifteen to twenty minutes and leave ten to fifteen minutes for questions from conference participants.


Rich Murphy  (United States)
Associate Professor of English
Department of English
Emmanuel College

  • Alienation
  • Differand
  • Contemporary American poetry

(30 min Conference Paper, English)