CFP: Division on Autobiography and Life Writing (3/10/06; MLA '06)

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William Craig Howes
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Here are the Division on Autobiography, Biography, and Life Writing topics
for the 2006 MLA Convention. Please send your proposal to the person
chairing the session; you can submit to more than one session, although if
you're selected for both, I assume you'd be asked to choose one.
If your paper is accepted, you will have to become a member of the MLA by
April 1.
Craig Howes


1. Theorist Autobiographers. Autobiographical works by writers known as
theorists, and/or life-writing that develops theoretical argument (e.g.
Augustine, Confessions; Montaigne, essays; Wordsworth, Prelude; Steedman,
Landscape for a Good Woman; Derrida, Circumfession; Sedgwick, Dialogue on
Love). 250-word abstracts by March 10 to Carolyn Williams

2. Life Writing and Humor. Parody, irony, and satire as modes for
understanding and interrogating life writing genres. Self-deprecation or
mockery as strategies for identity construction. Lives of comic writers,
artists, performers. 250-word abstracts by March 10 to Craig Howes

3. Auto/Graphics after Maus. Interaction between word and image;
construction of personae through documents, portraits, anecdotes; narration
and layout of time, space, history; "graphic" content as well as
form. 250-word abstracts by March 10 to Gillian Whitlock

Craig Howes
Director, Center for Biographical Research
Editor, _Biography: An Interdisciplinary Quarterly_
Professor of English
1733 Donaghho Road
University of Hawai'i at Manoa
Honolulu, Hawai'i 96822
Phone: 808-956-3774 Fax: 808-956-3774
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