CFP: [Bibliography] M/MLA Book Studies-American Studies Special Session (Proposals Due April 15)

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Mark Alan Mattes
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Please consider submitting a proposal for a multi-panel special session at the 2008 MMLA
(November 13-16, 2008, in Minneapolis, Minnesota) on the broad topic of American Studies-
Book Studies. Although I've posted specific panel cfp's, abstracts
falling under the general rubric of American Book History are equally welcome.

Book Studies-American Studies I: Nineteenth-Century American Book Performances
This panel broadly considers the construction, production, dissemination, and performance of
printing, reading, and writing in the 19th-century United States . How does the physical structure
and manipulation of the book-object mediate the social-political attachments undergirding the
national imaginary? How do visual and aural representations of reading and writing in the
American theatre elaborate, critique, and/or transform ideologies of race, gender, and class?
How might we understand the ideological implications of cross-pollinating budding American
industries with printing and publishing networks? Please send 250-word abstracts to mark- by April 15, 2008. Mark Mattes, Univ. of Iowa

Book Studies-American Studies II: The Visual Text in Twentieth-Century Print Cultures
This panel is meant as an eclectic consideration of how the “linguistic codes” we find in
twentieth-century printed objects are made meaningful by a host of visual devices and
strategies. What is the location of erotic illustration in burgeoning mid-century discourses on
sexuality? How might we excavate genealogies of visually representing the sonic dimensions of
the text? What are the linkages between typographical innovation and narrative experimentation?
Please send 250-word abstracts to by April 15, 2008. Mark Mattes,
Univ. of Iowa

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