MLA Special Session: Elements of Genre Creation - Deadline: March 20, 2012

full name / name of organization: 
Dr. Anna Faktorovich/ Anaphora Literary Press
contact email: 
pennsylvaniajournal@gmail.com

MLA Special Session: Elements of Genre Creation

Deadline: March 20, 2012

The MLA is very selective and only chooses about 1/3rd of their Special Session proposals. There are several elements that affect this decision, so I’m including a questionnaire to help me pick the abstracts that are best fitted to win against the competition. Please be sure to proofread and edit your bio and abstract paragraphs before emailing them, as the quality of the writing style plays a part in the decision. Don’t go over the 200-words per bio/ abstract limit, but don’t go under 100 words either. If there are enough submissions, the presented papers and the papers of some of the runners-up can be published in a conference journal/ book that will compile these works after the MLA. The deadline to submit finished proposals is April 1, 2012, but we will need at least a week to merge the separate abstracts into a single proposal.

Session Abstract and Questions: Unlike most published genre studies, this session invites papers that look practically at how classical and current fiction writers create and build new genres. What motivates the first writers in a given genre to build new structural or linguistic rules for a given genre (political, social or cultural motivations/ art for art’s sake/ a structural challenge they faced/ the inadequacy of prior genres)? What are the elements that define this genre and are present in most of the works in the genre? Are works that invent genres more likely to become canonical than works that are closely mimicking existing generic rules? Is genre mixing responsible for a large part of new genres created in literature? It’s a good idea if you choose one specific genre and a few authors who started and developed this genre. You might want to limit your study to a specific region and century. The preferred (but not required) setting is anywhere in the United Kingdom during the 19th century.

Session Organizer’s Information: Dr. Anna Faktorovich is an English Lecturer at the Middle Georgia College. She is the Founder and Director of the independent Anaphora Literary Press, which published 30 book titles in 2011. Dr. Faktorovich has presented her research at two prior MLA conventions, and over a dozen times at several regional conventions like SAMLA, EAPSU, SWWC, and BWWC. She has won the MLA Bibliography Fellowship and the Brown University Military Collection Fellowship. Her poetry collection, _Improvisational Arguments_, was published with Fomite Press in 2011. Her critical book _The Rebellion Genre in the Works of Scott, Dickens and Stevenson_ is under contract and is scheduled to be released in 2013 with McFarland. She has published scholarly essays in _Peer English_, _The Impact of Don Quijote (1605-2005) on the Culture of the Modern and Postmodern World_, _Studies in the Humanities_ and in her press’s _Pennsylvania Literary Journal_ (PLJ). PLJ has published several issues on various academic genres: New Historicism, New Formalism, and on Experimental Writing.

Please send a 200-word abstract (name relevant texts, be specific, show that you are closely familiar with the subject), a 200-word biography (which focuses on your major academic achievements and on your experience with the subject matter you will be presenting), and also fill in the following questionnaire (you can’t be considered without it). In your replies please use _marks_ around words you want to italicize:

1. Are you a current MLA member (you must be to be accepted):

2. Do you currently hold the academic job of Assistant Professor or higher, preferably in a research American university? (Proposals with higher academic ranks are more likely to be accepted) What is your current academic rank:

3. First Name:

4. Last Name:

5. Institutional Affiliation and the City and State where it is located:

6. What is your paper’s title (include title and subtitle – they will be on the program)

7. Do you need audio-visual equipment (panels that don’t need equipment are preferred):

8. Do you want to be the Presider, instead of presenting a paper (1 person needs to act as the Presider):

9. Do you need accessibility accommodations:

10. Write a sentence that explains how your proposal fits with the abstract for the idea for the entire panel. How is it related/ a part of the topic:

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