UNMASKING THE SUBJECTS OF LITERARY BIOGRAPHY (Due 2/24/13; SCMLA in New Orleans 10/3-5/13)

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Anne Boyd Rioux
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Proposed Special Session for the SCMLA Conference in New Orleans, October 3-5, 2013.
This panel seeks to explore the ways literary biographers approach their subjects, namely authors who themselves adopted a variety of masks in their writings. How do biographers use their subjects' fictional or poetical works without reading too much into them? How do biographers use writers' nonfictional accounts without taking them at face value? How do biographers negotiate the various warnings against reading biographically while still finding value in the relationship between the author's life and the works? These are just some of the issues that presenters may wish to address. Papers may be written from the perspective of the biographer or from the reader analyzing biography. Please send your proposals (1-page with brief CV) and/or queries to Anne Boyd Rioux at aeboyd@uno.edu by February 24, 2013.