Major Minors: Neglected and New Issues in Literary Studies
The 22nd Annual Mardi Gras Conference at Louisiana State University
LSU Student Union
February 16th & 17th, 2012
Keynote Address by Meredith McGill, Rutgers University
The literary canon, that sacred body of texts and genres that we deem high art, stands surrounded today by rapidly expanding interests in newer or long-neglected works. A major form, a major author, or a major style of analysis often dominates and overshadows the lesser known and more obscure. Meanwhile, archival efforts and the expanding resources of the internet have made available works and authors otherwise inaccessible, opening study to vast materials heretofore unknown or ignored.