Habermas & Literature (MLA, January 2012; 3/10 deadline)

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Nicholas Hengen
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Since *The Structural Transformation of the Public Sphere* Jürgen Habermas's philosophy has moved consistently away from literature and, perhaps accordingly, Habermas has moved to the margins of literary theory. Was this a salutary move? Or do Habermas's ideas--his theory of communicative action, his notions about how language and communication shape democracy, his critiques of poststructuralism--offer important lessons/tool/strategies for literary criticism today?

250 word abstracts to Nicholas Hengen (hengen@umn.edu) by 10 March 2011.

*Please note: This is a special session pending MLA approval*