CFP: [Theory] M/MLA: Celebrity, Reception, and Literary Production

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Bonnie Carr O'Neill
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P. David Marshall points out that “celebrity is a negotiated ‘terrain’ of
significance.” This panel at the November, 2008, M/MLA is interested in
exploring that “terrain.” We invite papers that investigate authors’ and
audiences’ negotiations of literary meaning in the contested terrain of
celebrity. How does an author’s celebrity affect readers’ interpretations
of his or her works? How does the celebrity author, in turn, attempt to
manage audience’s responses to their works in a culture where reputation
alters interpretation? We welcome papers on British and/or American authors
whose celebrity affected their writing and reception. The period of the
works covered is less important than the papers’ engagement with the ideas
of meaning creation generated by theories of celebrity and reception.
Please email one- or two-page paper abstracts before April 15. Inquiries

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