Reading as Interplay--Special Session Panel at MMLA (Abstracts due: June 3, 2011)

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Kristina Banister Quynn
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Aligned with MMLA's 2011 Convention theme ", Seriously," this panel is interested in the ways performative or experimental criticism can meet the challenges of reading innovative literary texts. We are particularly interested in the interplay between critical reading and writing on self-reflexive and minor texts that resist normative critical practices.

Engaging with "reading" as both a metaphor for critical practice and a site to renew conversations about the nature of reading as critical method, we ask: What might a performative criticism look like? In what ways do innovative texts themselves offer rich metaphors and models for intellectual work? What are the uses and limitations of performative criticism? This panel works (seriously) through play to theorize and perform a range of innovative criticisms, self-consciously addressing the generic, political, and practical implications of such experimentation.

We welcome abstract submissions on any text and topic relevant to innovative criticism.

Please submit 250 word abstract along with short CV to Kristina Banister Quynn,, by June 3, 2011.

The MMLA Convention is in St. Louis, MO, November 3-6, 2011.