CFP: [General] CFP- The Living Text

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Jennifer Wortman
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"The Living Text"
Acacia Conference, March 6th-7th, 2009

“Poems greater than the Iliad, plays greater than Macbeth, stories more
engaging than Don Quixote await their seeker and finder.”
â€"John Masefield

For scholars of literature, the text is central. Novels, short prose,
poems, non-traditional forms, their manipulations, interpretations,
explanations, the list could go on forever. At the 2009 Acacia
Conference, "The Living Text," conference participants are encouraged to
examine and explore engagements with texts in a myriad of forms. Possible
paper and/or panel topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
• What changes and what remains: The exploration of the stability
or instability of texts over time, whether during the writing process,
the publishing and editing process, or subsequent editions
• Criticism and theory: Evolving methods in the interpretation of
• The re-imagined text: movies, television, and re-creation of texts
• The text incorporated into pop culture: The use and modification
of text in its interactions with other media forms
o Popular culture as text: Interpreting (for example) movies,
television, and music as individual texts
• The absent text: What happens when the text is suppressed or
eliminated entirely?
• Pedagogy and text: Concerns of the educator in presenting the
text, especially with difficult, controversial, or non-traditional texts
• The speaking text: The place of the author, audience, and/or
reader in the text
• Participating in the text: Underrepresented voices as writers and
• Creating the text: The creative writing experience
o The motivations and process involved in creating a new work
o Creative writing readings
• The new text: The challenges and rewards inherent in dealing with
contemporary or non-traditional literature

Panels are welcome. Please submit all proposals by January 5th to

Acacia is the graduate English group at California State University,

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