The Works of Denis Johnson, panel for 22nd Annual Mardi Gras Conference

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Louisiana State University English Graduate Student Association
contact email: 
awicks4@lsu.edu

The 22nd Annual Mardi Gras Conference, an interdisciplinary graduate conference to be held over Mardi Gras weekend in Baton Rouge, LA, will focus on "new and neglected areas in literary studies," including overlooked authors, works of literature, and specific areas of study.

Despite his extensive work in poetry, fiction and non-fiction, in addition to receiving the 2007 National Book Award, Denis Johnson has often been ignored within literary criticism. Critics instead focus on Johnson's peers, such as Don DeLillo, Cormac McCarthy and David Foster Wallace, to name just a few. The purpose of this panel is not to investigate why Johnson has been "neglected" by literary studies, but rather to call attention to his work and introduce graduate students and professors to an undervalued author. As a result, this particular panel topic is open to multiple approaches, however, papers that explore Johnson's writing through a particular critical or theoretical frame are encouraged. Please submit a 250-word abstract by December 5, 2011 to Amanda Wicks at awicks4@lsu.edu.

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