MLA 2013: McSweeney's and Contemporary Reading (3/15 deadline)

full name / name of organization: 
Jackie O'Dell
contact email: 
jackie.o_dell@tufts.edu

This panel seeks papers that explore the literary output, authors, genres, publication practices, or publics associated with Dave Eggers's McSweeney's books and magazines. How does the imprint's contemporary readerships and its publication practices influence or chafe against reading practices in the academy or popular culture? Does it suggest larger trends in the direction of contemporary fiction? What does the McSweeney's network reveal about the state of "serious literature" and the profession of academic reading?

Please submit a 300-word abstract and a brief CV to jackie.o_dell@tufts.edu by March 15, 2012.

cfp categories: 
african-american
american
bibliography_and_history_of_the_book
childrens_literature
cultural_studies_and_historical_approaches
ethnicity_and_national_identity
film_and_television
gender_studies_and_sexuality
general_announcements
humanities_computing_and_the_internet
interdisciplinary
popular_culture
professional_topics
twentieth_century_and_beyond