CFP: [Graduate] CFP: Cultural Currency and Literary Exchange: Cultivating Texts as Commodity (11/6-7 2008)

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Lisa Dusenberry
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8th Annual English Graduate Organization Conference
University of Florida
6-7 November 2008

Keynote: Susan Rosenbaum, Associate Professor of English at the University
of Georgia, author of Professing Sincerity: Modern Lyric Poetry, Commercial
Culture, and the Crisis in Reading

The University of Florida English Graduate Organization invites submissions
related to literature, culture, and commodity for an interdisciplinary
conference to be held at the University of Florida, November 6-7, 2008.
With the emergence and increasing availability of various forms of media
and multiple literacies, the nature of texts, authors, and readers and the
relationships among them are being questioned and challenged. A wide
variety of scholarship has engaged in analyzing the literary marketplace,
the influences of commercial culture, and the commodification of both texts
and authors. This conference will explore the shifts and transformations
that result from placing items of “literary” analysis into a broader
context of circulation, popularity, and marketing.

We welcome both critical and creative abstracts that explore any issue that
addresses literature and commodity. We encourage submissions from a wide
range of disciplinary perspectives, including (but not limited to) critical
theory, cultural studies, postcolonial and critical race theory, literary
studies, digital and virtual studies, media studies, philosophy, critical
pedagogy, historical perspectives and contexts, queer theory, and gender

Topics may include (but are not limited to):

   * Advertising and literature
   * Literature as commodity/commodity as literature
   * Cultural markets as boundaries
   * Characters as commodities
   * Academia as commodity
   * Identity-shaping
   * Popular culture forms (e.g. hip-hop)
   * Colonization, imperialism, and globalization
   * Intersections of technology and literature
   * Past/present consumption
   * The body as commodity
   * Reading and teaching popular media, comics, film, fanzines,
     animation, etc.
   * Politics and textual production
   * Cultural memory
   * Women's studies, masculinity studies, postcolonial studies and
     interdisciplinary research
   * Commercialization
   * Avatars and virtual worlds
   * Exchange and exploitation

Individual papers as well as panel proposals that address and develop these
themes are welcome. Please email your 250-word abstract and contact
information in Word (.doc) or Rich Text (.rtf) attachments to Lisa

For more information, please visit the conference website:

Deadline for Submissions: October 1, 2008. Early submissions are appreciated.

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