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South Atlantic Modern Language Association (SAMLA) Conference
November 9-11, 2007
Renaissance Atlanta Hotel Downtown
SAMLA Literary Criticism Discussion Circle
"The Re-emergence of Aesthetic Approaches in Literary Criticism"
Literary critics employing ideological approaches often write from a position
that is set in opposition to aesthetic approaches. Ideological approaches have
been fairly dominant for many years in literary criticism, but recently there
appears to be a resurgence of interest in aesthetics. Does a turn toward
aesthetics suggest a shift away from ideological approaches? Does the "new
aesthetics" signal a simply a return to Frankfurt School notions of aesthetics
and politics, or something new?
The SAMLA Literary Criticism Discussion Circle invites paper proposals
that are related to this year's topic, "The Re-emergence of Aesthetic
Approaches in Literary Criticism." Proposals may address issues including,
but not limited to, the theory and practice of aesthetic approaches in
contemporary literary studies; the Frankfurt School and its relevance to
contemporary theory; the intersection of theoretical frameworks (such as
psychoanalysis, feminism, postcolonialism, ecocriticsm, ect.) with aesthetics;
and the tensions and/or possibilities generated by a convergence of ideological
and aesthetic approaches.
E-mail abstracts of approximately 250 words (inline or as an attachment)
by April 15, 2007 to session chair Kristin Girard at
kristin.girard_at_lcc.gatech.edu. All submissions will be acknowledged upon
Kristin Girard, Ph. D.
Brittain Postdoctoral Fellow
School of Literature, Communication and Culture
686 Cherry St.
Atlanta, GA 30332-0165
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