CFP: The "New Aesthetics" and Literary Criticism (4/15/07; SAMLA, 11/9/07-11/11/07)

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Kristin Girard
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South Atlantic Modern Language Association (SAMLA) Conference
November 9-11, 2007
Renaissance Atlanta Hotel Downtown
Atlanta, Georgia

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 All submissions will be acknowledged upon

Kristin Girard, Ph. D.
Brittain Postdoctoral Fellow
School of Literature, Communication and Culture
Skiles Building
686 Cherry St.
Atlanta, GA 30332-0165

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