CFP: [American] CFP: Righteous Readers: Race, Reception, and Book Club Mania

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Michelle Taylor
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Righteous Readers: Race, Reception, and Book Club Mania
Midwest Modern Language Association, November 13-16, 2008, Minneapolis, MN
This session invites papers that examine the intersection of race,
reading, and ethnicity. Papers may explore such topics as the
intersection of race and literature in the 19th and 20th centuries; the
explosion of book clubs in communities of color; literacy, books clubs
and domestic nationalism; the explosion of urban literature; and
the ‘Oprah effect.’ Papers that examine race and readership are the focus
of the panel, but papers that explore other aspects of readership are
also welcomed. Such papers might explore the relationship between
authorship and authenticity with a focus on the exchange between James
Frey and Oprah Winfrey. Other topics might consider the most recent
moment of literary scandal involving Margaret B. Jones’s ‘autobiography’
Love and Consequences and the commodification of race. Please send a 250-
word abstract (as a Word document) to Michelle Taylor, Miami University
Oxford ( by April 18, 2008.

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