SAMLA 2020 - American Literature and the Market

deadline for submissions: 
July 24, 2020
full name / name of organization: 
Ian Afflerbach / South Atlantic Modern Literature Association
contact email: 


(Previously Jacksonville FL, now Digital - November 13-15, 2020)


Literature needs a market to reach its audience. Although the economic foundations of literary history have long been neglected, recent scholarship has increasingly emphasized how American writers from Henry James to Octavia Butler had to make strategic choices to position their work within the literary marketplace. This panel aims to explore the the business of publishing, advertising, networking, and funding that has shaped American literary history. Papers might consider how individual authors negotiated challenges in their contemporary field of cultural production; how editors, magazines, and publishing houses contributed to the shaping of what we now consider literary history; and how the shifting market for American literature has shaped which authors have been praised, consecrated, and taught--and which authors have been overlooked--for the two hundred years.


Please send 250-300 word abstracts to Ian Afflerbach at by June 14th 2020.