The Mardi Gras Conference at Louisiana State University (2/11/10-2/12/10)

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English Graduate Student Organization / Louisiana State University
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"Regarding Iteration: Narratives of Imitation and Innovation," proposals due 12/20/09 

For the past two decades, Louisiana State University's English Graduate Student Association has hosted the Mardi Gras Conference, a symposium on literature organized and attended by graduate students.  In recent years, the conference has featured keynote speakers as distinguished as Terry Eagleton and Cathy Davidson, and it has attracted graduate presenters from around the world.  Our theme for this year's conference is "Regarding Iteration: Narratives of Imitation and Innovation."  We wish to discuss how the interplay of repetition and difference has affected literature throughout history.  The 2010 keynote address will be delivered by Brian McHale, Distinguished Humanities Professor of English at Ohio State University.  We invite our fellow graduate students to present papers, chair panels, and celebrate the twentieth anniversary of the Mardi Gras Conference February 11 and 12 of the coming year.  This two-day event also offers attendees the opportunity to enjoy the festivities of Louisiana's Mardi Gras season.  Email proposals of 250 words or less to  All submissions are due by December 20, 2009.  Please visit our blog at for more details.