"The Genre Turn." Literary Criticism permanent section, M/MLA Milwaukee, WI, November 7-10 2013
"The Genre Turn." This session will be devoted to assessing the state of the conversation about the genre turn in contemporary fiction epitomized by works like Colson Whitehead's zombie novel Zone One, Michael Chabon's alternate-history detective story The Yiddish Policemen's Union, much of Kelly Link's short fiction, Karen Russell's collection Vampires in the Lemon Grove, and Cormac McCarthy's post-apocalyptic novel The Road. What are we saying about the modes, possibilities, problems, origins, meanings, and politics of the literary turn to genres (as opposed to the postmodern incorporation of genre elements)?