CFP: [Bibliography] Material Practices of Reading, Writing, and Printing, M/MLA Panel, Due April 15

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Mark Alan Mattes
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Bibliography and Textual Studies: "Material Practices of Reading, Writing, and Printing."

The allied fields of book arts and book history ask that literary critics and historians attend to the
physical, technological, temporal, spatial, and physiological aspects of reading, writing, and
printing. In order to meet book studies’ interdisciplinary challenge, this section will explore how the
material practices of text-based literacy both influence and are implicated by the production,
dissemination, and interpretation of thought and language. Representations of reading and writing
in Shakespeare’s plays, the centrality of printing in Whitman’s Leaves of Grass, and the narrator’s
journal in Gilman’s “The Yellow Wallpaper” are just a few of the most canonical instances that call
attention to the materiality of subject formation, aesthetics, information storage, and text
circulation. Please send 250-word abstracts to Mark Alan Mattes, Univ. of Iowa, mark- by April 15, 2009.

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