CSU Chico English Graduate Student Council Fall Symposium, Seeing the Future in the Past, November 5th

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The theme for this graduate conference is Seeing the Future in The Past: Critical and Creative Interpretations. It will take place in Chico, CA on November 5th. In the fields of literary criticism/theory, composition, and creative writing we often look to the past for lessons that apply to the present and future. Which authors and eras are still worth looking at and which have been overlooked? Should the literary canon stay the same or change? We spend so much time looking at theory and literature that is separated from us by decades if not centuries. How are these figures and works still relevant to us today? Should we be looking at more contemporary work? In composition, what theory speaks to our time? In creative writing, does your inspiration come from the past, present, or even the future? In a time full of questions, where will we find our answers? Work in literary criticism/theory, composition theory, and creative writing encouraged. Work in all areas of the humanities welcome. Please email a 250 word abstract to earmstrong2@csuchico.edu by October 19th, 2011.