[UPDATE] Historicisms - ALSC Conference, Oct. 9-11, 2009

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The 2009 Conference in Denver will continue the tradition established in 2004 of offering seminars designed to increase participation of the membership in the conference and giving them another excellent reason to attend. Modeled on what has worked successfully for such organizations as the Shakespeare Association of America and the Modernist Studies Association, these four seminars will each be led by a distinguished member of the Association.

Each seminar will have fifteen (15) guaranteed places, and each person accepted for a seminar will receive an official letter of invitation to the conference and will be listed in its program. Seminar participants will write brief position papers (2-4 pages maximum, double-spaced), and will circulate their papers to the other participants and read all the papers prior to the conference. The listing of the titles in the conference program should help participants obtain travel funding for the conference from their home colleges and universities. Senior scholars are eligible to apply for these seminars, but graduate students and junior faculty especially are encouraged to do so; we hope that senior scholars and others will spread the word and encourage their graduate students and junior colleagues to apply.

Seminar Three: Historicisms
Convener: Susan Wolfson and Ron Levao (Princeton University)
In literary studies, historicism is a term with meanings as varied as its deployments. In critical and classroom practice, social, political, economic, and intellectual contexts may illuminate as well as marginalize formalist and aesthetic concerns, expanding possibilities and focusing attentive reading, or purging supposed anachronism and chastising undesirable interests and indulgences. This seminar encourages fresh investigations into relations between literary and historical scholarship, and is directed especially toward critics, teachers, and scholars with a devotion to both, and to the lively intersections. How does literary work exploit the tensions of its historical contexts? In what way are authors determined by their contexts, and in what ways do authors bend and trope their contexts? Is the case for a reciprocal relation between texts and contexts even necessary? All historical periods and perspectives welcome—for both literary cases to consider, and for various kinds of historicisms.

Please send short papers (up to 5 pages), focusing on practical instances and/or taking wider views, to Professors Susan Wolfson and Ronald Levao, 64 Stoney Brook Lane, Princeton New Jersey 08540-7512, and also by e-mail attachment to wolfson@princeton.edu, with a CC to alsc@bu.edu.

Submission form and deadline. Submissions must reach the convener of the session by July 31. They should be sent to both (1) the convener of the panel or seminar and (2) the Association’s office at alsc@bu.edu. On your e-mail’s “subject” line, please give your name and other information in the following form: “ALSC 2009, [Name of Session] abstract by [First Name, Last Name].” For details regarding submission length, please refer to the individual instructions for each session.

If you do not send copies to both the convener and the ALSC, we cannot guarantee that you will receive an e-mail notice acknowledging receipt of your proposal.

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