Bibliography and Textual Studies: The American Civil War (5/12/2011)
As the United States begins observing the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War, the Midwest Modern Language Association's permanent section on Bibliography and Textual Studies welcomes paper proposals for a panel or group of panels on Civil War and war-related topics. The permanent section traditionally explores points of intersection between the literary studies and history of the book disciplines. Proposals for 2011 should merge the permanent section's disciplinary and theoretical focus with the historical frame of the war itself, the build up to the war, abolitionism, emancipation, Reconstruction, veterans of the Civil War, memorializing the war, or another closely related topic.
The Society for the History of Authorship, Reading, and Publishing describes the history of the book discipline as work addressing the "composition, mediation, reception, survival, and transformation of written communication in material forms." Papers about Civil War era authorship, printers and printing, bookselling, advertising and dissemination, audiences, visual media, and book technologies are encouraged. African American print culture and other counter-publics as they pertain to the Civil War are of particular interest. Please send 250 word abstracts by May 12, 2011 to Matthew J. Lavin, firstname.lastname@example.org. The conference will be held in St. Louis, Missouri, November 3-6, 2011. For more information about the Midwest Modern Language Association conference, visit the MMLA website: http://www.luc.edu/mmla/