CFP: William Blake and Authority (3/16/07; MLA '07)

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Now Accepting submissions for a Special Session on ?William Blake and
Authority? for the Modern Language Association?s (MLA) convention in
Chicago, December 2007.

Seeking submissions for a proposed panel on the topic of William Blake
and how he and his work engages with and/or confronts authority.
?Authority? can be interpreted in a variety of ways:

-Blake?s authority as an author/artist or his place in the canon
-Blake?s confrontation with institutional authority (i.e. Church and State)
-Blake?s resistance to the authority of Enlightenment principles and
the hegemony of reason
-Depictions of authority in Blake?s texts
-The authority of the word vs. the authority of the image
-Examinations of the ways that Blake conceptualizes authority
-Blake?s reaction to?and criticism of?colonial authority

These are just a few ideas on how this topic may be approached, but
the possibilities are, well, infinite! I am especially interested in
creative and new approaches to Blake and his work.

Please send completed short essays, or 500-word abstracts, and a
short, 1-page vita (Word attachments please) to Jeff Longacre at or to

Jeff Longacre
Department of English
University of Tulsa
600 S. College Ave.
Tulsa, OK 74104

by 16 March 2007. NOTE: this deadline is later than the March 2nd
deadline in the MLA newsletter.

--Jeff Longacre, Ph.D.
English Department
University of Tulsa

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