MLA session ("Eighteenth-Century Literary Biography")
This is a CFP for a proposed session for the 2012 MLA convention, which will meet in Seattle and has the presidential theme 'Language, Literature, Learning'. This CFP is also posted on the MLA convention page. As per the rules, papers will be 15 minutes; if there is sufficient demand I would consider submitting this session as a roundtable discussion instead (please do feel free to me if the latter appeals). All participants must be members of the MLA by 7 April.
"Eighteenth-Century Literary Biography"
Reflections on the art of literary biography in the eighteenth century; authorial figureheads; Johnson's Lives; biographical dictionaries, anthologies, memoirs; anecdotes; biography and literary criticism; the pedagogical value of biography.
300-word abstracts by 18 March 2011.