CFP: [Cultural-Historical] Celebrity, Reception, and Literary Production

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Bonnie Carr O'Neill
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P. David Marshall points out that “celebrity is a negotiated ‘terrain’ of
significance.” This panel is interested in exploring that “terrain.” We
invite papers that investigate authors’ and audiences’ negotiations of
literary meaning in the contested terrain of celebrity. How does an
author’s celebrity affect readers’ interpretations of his or her works? How
does the celebrity author, in turn, attempt to manage audience’s responses
to their works in a culture where reputation alters interpretation? We
welcome papers on British and/or American authors whose celebrity affected
their writing and reception. The period of the works covered is less
important than the papers’ engagement with the ideas of meaning creation
generated by theories of celebrity and reception. Please send one- or
two-page abstracts to this email address before April 15. Inquiries welcome.

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