Currency and Consumption: The Social Lives of Literary Texts. May 21-22, 2010 (Madrid)

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Saint Louis University, Madrid Campus

Eighth Annual Graduate Student Conference
Department of English
Saint Louis University, Madrid, Spain
May 21-22, 2010

Currency and Consumption: The Social Lives of Literary Texts

Saint Louis University's Madrid Campus will host its eighth annual English Graduate Student Conference on Friday May 21 and Saturday May 22, 2010. The theme of this year's conference is "Currency and Consumption: The Social Lives of Literary Texts." While we welcome paper and panel proposals on any aspect of English literary studies, we would like to encourage proposals that explore practices of exchange and valuation within literary narratives and/or the cultures that produce and consume them. We hope to bring together papers that address a wide range concerns, whether they be material, ideological, social, economic, aesthetic, sexual, philosophical, artistic, political or racial.

Possible topics might include but are not limited to:

Intercultural Dialogue and Morphing Societies
Gender and Cultural Consumption
Poverty and Ethics
Financial Crisis in Art and Literature
Going Digital: Literature and Literary Studies in Digital Culture
Gastronomic Literature and Literary Feasts
Jane Austen and Popular Culture
Film Adaptations of Literary Works
Medieval Marketplaces and Marketing the Medieval
Slavery, Prostitution and Carnal Consumption
Travel Literature
Foreign Ideas and Languages on the Shakespearean Stage
Popular Fiction and the Marketplace

Presentations will be 15 minutes in length. Submission of 300-word proposal (abstract only; no full papers) along with short bios should be sent to before March 15, 2010.