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Call for Papers
2008 ALSC Conference, Philadelphia, October 24-26, 2008
Keynote Speaker: Jhumpa Lahiri,
Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author of Interpreter of Maladies (2000)
May 9, 2008
The Association of Literary Scholars and Critics (ALSC) is re-issuing the call for papers for its
seminar on â€œLiterary Magazines: Meeting Places,â€ which is part of the 2008 ALSC Conference
The submissions deadline for this seminar has been extended to Monday, June 9.
Additional prospective members and current members alike are encouraged to apply.
Please see below for details.
Submission form and deadline. Submissions must reach the convener of the session by June 9.
They should be sent to both (1) the convener of the seminar and (2) the Associationâ€™s office at
alsc_at_bu.edu. On your e-mailâ€™s â€œsubjectâ€ line, please give your name and other information in the
following form: â€œALSC 2008, [Name of Session] abstract by [First Name, Last Name].â€ For details
regarding submission length, please refer to the individual instructions for each session.
â€¢ If you do not send copies to both the convener and the ALSC, we cannot guarantee that you
will receive an e-mail notice acknowledging receipt of your proposal.
â€¢ You must be a member of the ALSC in good standing to participate. ALSC members receive a
discount on conference registration.
â€¢ For more details about the conference program and information about how to join the ALSC,
visit our website at www.bu.edu/literary.
General Description of the Seminar Program
The 2008 Conference in Philadelphia will continue the tradition established in 2004 of offering
seminars designed to increase participation of the membership in the conference and giving
them another excellent reason to attend. Modeled on what has worked successfully for such
organizations as the Shakespeare Association of America and the Modernist Studies Association,
these three seminars will each be led by a distinguished member of the Association.
Each seminar will have fifteen (15) guaranteed places, and each person accepted for a seminar
will receive an official letter of invitation to the conference and will be listed in its program.
Seminar participants will write brief position papers (2-4 pages maximum, double-spaced), and
will circulate their papers to the other participants and read all the papers prior to the
conference. The listing of the titles in the conference program should help participants obtain
travel funding for the conference from their home colleges and universities. Senior scholars are
eligible to apply for these seminars, but graduate students and junior faculty especially are
encouraged to do so; we hope that senior scholars and others will spread the word and
encourage their graduate students and junior colleagues to apply. The three seminars will run
concurrently. Those admitted as participants in each seminar will participate in the actual
discussion, but anyone at the conference is welcome to attend one of the seminars as an auditor
â€”not a participantâ€”provided there is sufficient room.
Seminar Two: Literary Magazines: Meeting Places
Convener: Andrew McNeillie (Oxford University Press, founding editor of the new literary
The concept of the â€œliteraryâ€ might be a relatively recent one but this is no reason to dismiss it as
a johnny-come-lately. Itâ€™s been around for a century and a half, or more, in some
interpretations, and before it the concept of â€˜poetryâ€™, although ever complex, is as old as time.
Most of us have iconic literary magazines that played key roles in our individual development
and the formation of personal preference. Beyond that too, in historical terms, magazines of
other eras (some even as short-lived as the May-fly) are living tissue preserved in which we can
trace meaning in the making, at the cross-roads or meeting place, before criticism (beyond
editorial agenda) and scholarship have quite stepped in to condition reception. This seminar
wishes to concentrate on Anglo-American literary magazines of the last century and invites some
contextualized case-histories of individual publications, the aim being to see what lessons they
might teach for the possible creation of new literary periodicals today. Please send half-page
extracts or short papers (2-4) pages to Andrew McNeillie, Oxford University Press, Great
Clarendon Street, Oxford OX2 6DP. (andrew.mcneillie_at_oup.com)
Association of Literary Scholars and Critics (ALSC)
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Boston, Massachusetts 02215
Phone: 617-358-1990 / Fax: 617-358-1995
Email: alsc_at_bu.edu / Internet: www.bu.edu/literary
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