CFP: Puerto Rican Print Cultures (MLA 2013, Boston, MA. Jan 3-6, abstracts due March 15)

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Discussion Group on Puerto Rican Literature and Culture
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The Discussion Group on Puerto Rican Literature and Culture invites submission of abstracts for its next meeting, which will take place at the Modern Language Association convention in Boston, January 3-6, 2013. The theme for the session is "Puerto Rican Print Cultures," understood in its broadest sense as encompassing the forms, technologies, ideologies, and practices of the printed word both on the island and in the diaspora. Potential areas of inquiry include, but are not limited to:

- Questions of circulation, distribution,and readership
- Print cultures and the public sphere (politics, advertising, etc.)
- Newspapers, periodicals, magazines, and print journalism in its many forms
- Printed ephemera (pamphlets, flyers, broadsides, letters, manifestos, etc.)
- Hybrid forms (illustrated books, comics, artist's books, graphic novels, art catalogs, etc.)
- Alternative forms of publishing (independent magazines, small presses, self-publication, etc.)
- Emerging print cultures in the digital era (blogs, e-books, online journals, Internet fora, social networking sites, etc.)
- Print cultures in translocal, transnational, and/or diasporic contexts

Send abstracts in English or Spanish (up to 300 words) by March 15, 2012; Tomás Urayoán Noel (