MLA 2018: Leonora Carrington at 100
This panel seeks to build on the resurgence of interest in the work of Anglo-Mexican surrealist writer and painter Leonora Carrington inaugurated at her death in 2011 at age 94, and continuing through major career retrospectives in Dublin (2013) and Liverpool (2015). For many years, criticism on her writings has been held up by the relative unavailability of her works. Forthcoming centennial reissues of her complete stories (Dorothy Project) as well as her memoir, Down Below (NYRB Classics), however, offer the chance to resituate her work within recent scholarly work on modernism, surrealism, transnationalism, cosmopolitanism, gender studies and sexuality, trauma studies and neurodiversity, translation studies, and more. Submissions are sought on any aspect of Carrington’s writings; all approaches considered for a special session to be proposed to the Modern Language Association for their 2018 conference in New York City (thus marking also the 70th anniversary of Carrington's career-making exhibition at Pierre Matisse's New York gallery). Abstracts of up to 300 words requested by 15 March; please email with any questions or queries.