UPDATE: Teaching the Great Books (4/30/07; ALSC, 10/12/07-10/14/07)
Call for Papers
2007 ALSC Conference, Chicago, IL, October 12-14, 2007
April 3, 2007
The Association of Literary Scholars and Critics (ALSC) is re-issuing the
call for papers for its seminar on "Teaching the Great Books," which is part
of the 2007 ALSC Conference Program.
The submissions deadline for this seminar has been extended to April 30.
Additional prospective members and current members alike are heartily
invited to apply.
Please see below for details.
The Association of Literary Scholars and Critics (ALSC) invites proposals
for papers and presentations to be considered for its thirteenth annual
conference at the Hotel Allegro in Chicago, October 12-14, 2007. The
conference program includes six panels and three seminars. A description of
one of these nine session topics appears below, along with an e-mail address
and other information regarding submissions. Please bear in mind that there
will be many more submissions than can be accepted, and that the criteria
may include not only the merit of the individual submission but the range
and variety of a session's contributions. The pleasure of the conveners is
to see how much stimulating and valuable work is being done; the pain is to
be able to accommodate only part of it in panel or seminar.
Submission form and deadline. Submissions must reach the convener of the
session by April 30, 2007. They should be sent to both (1) the convener of
the panel or seminar and (2) the Association's office at alsc_at_bu.edu. On
your e-mail's "subject" line, please give your name and other information in
the following form: "ALSC 2007, [Name of Session] abstract by [First Name,
* If you do not send copies to both the convener and the ALSC, we
cannot guarantee that you will receive an e-mail notice ackowledging receipt
of your proposal.
* For details regarding submission length, please refer to the
individual instructions for each session.
* You must be a member of the ALSC in good standing to participate in
the conference program as a panelist or seminarian. ALSC members receive a
discount on conference registration.
* For a complete listing of session topics and information about how
to join the ALSC, visit our website at www.bu.edu/literary.
The 2007 Conference in Chicago 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-not a
participant-provided there is sufficient room. Details on submission of
abstracts are given above and on the topics of the seminars below.
Seminar One: Teaching the Great Books
Convener: Bruce Gans (Wright College, Chicago)
Brief papers, 2-4 pages long, are requested that focus on the deployment of
Great Books-and particular Great Books authors-in the classroom, either in
elective courses or as part of a core curriculum. What approaches might be
taken to teaching such courses and what goals can be achieved? Among
possible topics one might include such classic authors' focus on the
universal and perennial as objects of study and writing, the role of history
in studying their work, and the relation of such courses to more narrowly
disciplinary courses in reading and writing, including courses with a far
smaller literary component. Other topics might be the role of Great Books in
the remediation of cultural illiteracy and critical thinking skills among
minority and underserved students, and the role of Great Books in faculty
professional development. Abstracts, proposals, or the papers themselves
should be sent to Professor Bruce Gans, Department of English, Wright
College, 4300 N. Narraganett, Chicago, IL 60634. (
Association of Literary Scholars and Critics (ALSC)
650 Beacon Street, Suite 510
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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Received on Fri Apr 06 2007 - 18:17:20 EDT