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MadLit 2013: Between Surface and Depth
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University of Wisconsin-Madison
The University of Wisconsin-Madison’s ninth annual Graduate Conference on Language and Literature (MadLit) will be held February 28–March 1, 2013. This year’s conference, “Between Surface and Depth,” investigates how humanistic disciplines articulate notions of superficiality and depth in their scholarly practices. Building from the debates surrounding Stephen Best and Sharon Marcus’s “Surface Reading: An Introduction” (Representations 108.1 (Fall 2009): 1–21), this conference will explore the implications of using spatial models to conceptualize the location of meaning in language, literature, and discourse.
While this conference in grounded in English studies, the concerns it raises affect scholarly work across the humanities. To this end, we hope this conference will invite a discussion of how research in the humanities interprets, responds to, and even constructs ideas of “surface” and “depth”—for example, in conversations surrounding the unstable relationships between text and subtext or close and distant reading.
The English Department Graduate Student Association (GSA) is pleased to announce that this year’s keynote address will be delivered by Dr. Mary Poovey, Samuel Rudin University Professor of the Humanities and Professor of English at New York University. Her talk will take place the evening of Thursday, February 28, 2013 (time and location to be announced).
GSA solicits proposals for 15–20 minute individual presentations or three–person panels that address any aspect of these issues. Possible considerations might include:
• What is the difference between “surface” reading and “deep” or “distant” reading?
Abstracts of no more than 300 words for individual papers and 3-person panels should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org by December 15, 2012.
For more information about the Graduate Student Association and MadLit, please check out our website: http://english.wisc.edu/gsa/home