Epistolary (Inter)actions: The Sociable(?) Space of Letters" (SCSECS 2010)--Deadline 11/1

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Terra Caputo
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Despite the seeminglyprivate and solitary nature of letter writing, there are a number of ways inwhich letters and, in a broader sense, the epistolary form work to createcommunities of readers and ideas that extend beyond writer and recipient. Inthe spirit of the larger conference theme, "Solitude and Sociability," thispanel invites papers that explore ways in which epistolarity works to createunique, surprising, or conflicted communities in eighteenth-century Englishliterature and culture. This panel is particularly interested in papers thatengage in innovative ways with issues of form: in what ways does epistolaritywork to enable and/or preclude sociability in various eighteenth-centuryliterary (and other discursive) contexts?
Please send 200-300 word abstracts totcaputo@allegheny.edu by November 1,2009.