Authorship, Ownership, and Publication: Exploring Debt through Texts

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Permanent Section at Midwest Modern Language Association Conference, Nov 8-11, 2012
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This permanent section on Bibliography and Textual Studies at the Midwest Modern Language Association Conference welcomes paper proposals for a panel or group of panels on topics related to the conference's theme of "debt," both literal and metaphorical. The permanent section traditionally explores points of intersection between the disciplines of literary studies and history of the book. Proposals for 2012 should merge the permanent section's disciplinary and theoretical focus with the theme of debt, addressing sub-topics like indebtedness and influence, oaths and promises, literature of demand, the funding of literary productions, 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 economies of literary production, printers and printing, bookselling, advertising and dissemination, visual media, and book technologies are encouraged.

The 54th Annual Convention will be held in Cincinnati, Ohio at the Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza from November 8-11, 2012. Please send 250-word abstracts by May 25 to Lacey Worth, University of Iowa.