Ode to Joy: The Career of Camden Joy (MMLA 11/7-11/10/13)

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Samuel Cohen/Midwest Modern Language Association
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This approved special session will be devoted to the work of the conference's keynote speaker, Tom Adelman, who under the name Camden Joy attained notoriety in the mid-nineties for his New York City postering projects and street manifestos and went on to write rock criticism and fiction that blurred the lines between music criticism, memoir, and fiction. Proposals to discuss any and/or all aspects of Joy's work welcome. Possible topics include considerations of his work in the context of genre, the history of rock criticism, literary history, social history, and the conference theme, Art & Artifice.

Please send 250-word abstracts by June 14th. Depending on response, may morph into a roundtable.

Chair: Samuel Cohen, University of Missouri (& President, MMLA)