Minor Print Cultures of the Nineteenth-Century United States

deadline for submissions: 
September 30, 2017
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Northeast Modern Language Association 2018 Annual Convention
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Northeast Modern Language Association Annual Convention

April 12-15, 2018 / Pittsburgh, PA

"Minor Print Cultures of the Nineteenth-Century United States" (Panel)

This panel is inspired in part by Raul Coronado’s award-winning book, A World Not to Come: A History of Latino Writing and Print Culture (2013). In it, Coronado examines an array of writing by Texas Mexicans, a seemingly minor print culture, to consider the emergence of Latino identity and literature across the nineteenth century. In the same vein, a wave of recent scholarship has productively examined American literary history through the lens of minor print cultures. Indeed, a number of important books have just been published on African American and Native American print cultures, as well as communities of women writers in the late-nineteenth century. This panel will explore similar formations in nineteenth-century U.S. print culture, using archival research and minor publications to explore major issues in American history and culture. I define “minor print cultures” broadly, as it resonates with the language of minority groups, minor poets, and what Deleuze and Guattari describe as “becoming minor.” The panel seeks to connect a set of presentations across cultures and throughout the nineteenth-century. It will contribute to the 2018 NeMLA Convention theme by exploring how writers "imagine worlds" that are marginalized, excluded, or liminal.

Deadline: September 30, 2017

Abstracts must be submitted electronically through NeMLA website. To set up an account, visit: https://www.buffalo.edu/nemla/convention/callforpapers/submit.html

Contact Lucas Dietrich with any questions, ldietric@lesley.edu