[UPDATE] CFP: MLA Special Session on "The Mechanics of Fictional World-Making" (3/1/12; Boston 2013)
Papers that explore the underpinnings of making and/or experiencing fictional worlds are welcome. Topics may range from new work on techniques of representation, mimesis, make-believe, reality effects, and illusion, to how formal features translate into aesthetic experience. Papers focusing on the cognition of representational art, or on the psychological or phenomenological dimensions of literary experience are also welcome. Submit 300-word abstracts by 1 March 2012 to Elaine Auyoung (firstname.lastname@example.org). Special sessions are subject to approval; all panelists must be members of the MLA.