Late C19/Early C20 U.S. Economies of Waste (MLA 5-7 January 2012, Seattle, WA)

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Stephanie Foote
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What counts as waste, materially and metaphorically, at the turn into the twentieth century? 300 word abstracts dealing with waste in any of its cultural, political, or literary/aesthetic manifestations: wasted time, effort, energy; dispossession and laying waste; wasted lives; cultural waste lands; surplus and profligacy; expropriation and erasure; refuse, junk, garbage; terror, shame, pollution. Send abstracts to Stephanie Foote ( by March 20, 2011. All session participants need to be MLA members by 1 April, 2011.