[UPDATE] Literary Marketplaces (NeMLA April 3-6, 2014; abstracts due September 30, 2013)

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Stephen Hock / Northeast Modern Language Association
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CFP: Literary Marketplaces

45th Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
April 3-6, 2014
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Host: Susquehanna University

"What has happened," Fredric Jameson writes in his investigation of postmodernism, "is that aesthetic production today has become integrated into commodity production generally." While the implication of aesthetic production within a market economy significantly predates the "cultural logic of late capitalism" that Jameson describes, the current neoliberal exaltation of the market surely accelerates and deepens the evolution—-or devolution-—of art into a commodity. In light of the continued vexed status of markets in the contemporary imagination of the lingering Great Recession, this panel will examine the ways that literature actively engages with the intertwining of art and the market, by investigating texts that reflect on the markets for and the marketing of literature, visual art, music, and other modes of aesthetic and cultural production. How do contemporary texts reflect on the postmodern integration of art into the marketplace, and what different strategies do they suggest for negotiating the terms of that integration? How do texts from earlier cultural moments anticipate the current moment and shed light on the position of the aesthetic within the market? The panel will be particularly interested in papers that not only address texts that depict literary or other aesthetic markets but also reflect on those texts' own positions within the literary marketplace.

Please send 250-500-word abstracts to Stephen Hock at shock@vwc.edu by September 30, 2013.

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The 2014 NeMLA convention continues the Association's tradition of sharing innovative scholarship in an engaging and generative location. This capital city set on the Susquehanna River is known for its vibrant restaurant scene, historical sites, the National Civil War museum, and nearby Amish Country, antique shops and Hershey Park. NeMLA has arranged low hotel rates of $104-$124.

The 2014 event will include guest speakers, literary readings, professional events, and workshops. A reading by George Saunders will open the Convention. His 2013 collection of short fiction, The Tenth of December, has been acclaimed by the New York Times as "the best book you'll read this year." NeMLA's Keynote Speaker will be David Staller, Producer and Director of Project Shaw. Mr. Staller presents monthly script-in-hand performances of Bernard Shaw's plays at the Players Club in New York City.

Interested participants may submit abstracts to more than one NeMLA session; however, panelists can present only one paper (panel or seminar). Convention participants may present a paper at a panel and also present at a creative session or participate in a roundtable.

For more information, see http://www.nemla.org/convention/2014/cfp.html.