CFP: [American] Epistolary Practices Panel - SHARP 09 â Proposals Due November 15, 2008

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Mark Alan Mattes
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Epistolary Practices Panel at SHARP 09 â€" Proposals Due November 15, 2008

This panel will consider epistolary practices in eighteenth and nineteenth-century America,
including broader hemispheric and transatlantic contexts. New writing and print technologies,
developments in circulation and distribution systems, an expanding literacy infrastructure, and the
dawn of telecommunications all had a profound impact on how people socialized themselves
through (and were socialized by) epistolary practices. Papers will consider how writers, readers,
publishers, pedagogues, and/or editors theorized the social, political, cultural, and economic
functions of letters. Attention to the material, temporal, and spatial conditions of letter writing,
reading, and circulation is especially welcome. Please email an abstract (350 word max.),
biographical statement, and brief CV to by November 15, 2008.

The completed slate of papers will be proposed for the annual conference of the Society for the
History of Authorship, Reading, and Publishing (SHARP) being held at the University of Toronto from
June 23-27, 2009.

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