[UPDATE] Twentieth-Century Blake (Abstracts Due 9/30/2010; NeMLA Conference April 7-10, 2011)

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Jon Gagas / Temple University
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Abstract Deadline: September 30, 2010

Call for Papers

42nd Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)

April 7-10, 2011

New Brunswick, NJ โ€“ Hyatt New Brunswick

Host Institution: Rutgers University

Recent scholarship has explored William Blake's influence on a number of twentieth-century writers, from W.B. Yeats to Philip K. Dick and Laura Moriarty. This panel seeks to find new links between Blake and the twentieth-century writers with whom he is most often associated โ€“ Yeats, Huxley, and Lawrence, among others โ€“ and to put Blake's art in dialogue with other artists, including graphic novelists, filmmakers, and non-Anglo-American writers. Submissions that address Blake's relationship to issues in twentieth-/twenty-first-century philosophy, such as subject formation, vitalism, and posthumanism, will also be considered.

Panelists are encouraged to examine Blake's work with new critical lenses, such as masculinity studies and postcolonialism, and to trouble Blake's relationship to periodization. This panel aims to discover aspects of Blake's work muted under the rubric of British Romanticism. By discussing continuities between Blake and the twentieth century, the panel invites considerations of modernity broadly defined and the way canonical authors have been appropriated in a century characterized by allusion and pastiche. Papers on teaching Blake in dialogue with twentieth-century figures are also welcome.

Please send 300-500-word abstracts as Word or PDF attachments to Jon Gagas, jongagas@temple.edu, along with a brief (250 words or less) bio detailing your research interests and relevant publications/conference presentations.

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Fifteen- to twenty-minute papers due at the conference, April 7-10, 2011. Multimedia use is encouraged. Final presentation time limits will be announced when the session is finalized.

Notification of acceptance will be provided by October 15, 2010.

The 42nd Annual Convention will feature approximately 360 sessions, as well as pre-conference workshops, dynamic speakers and cultural events. Details and the complete Call for Papers for the 2011 Convention will be posted in June: www.nemla.org.

Interested participants may submit abstracts to more than one NeMLA session; however panelists can only present one paper (panel or seminar). Convention participants may present a paper at a panel and also present at a creative session or participate in a roundtable. Do not accept a slot if you may cancel to present on another session.