Late C19/Early C20 U.S. Economies of Waste (MLA 5-7 January 2012, Seattle, WA)
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) by March 20, 2011. All session participants need to be MLA members by 1 April, 2011.