UPDATE: NeMLA 2014 CFP: “The Art of Reading: Theory, Practice, Pedagogy”

full name / name of organization: 
Eden Wales Freedman
contact email: 
eef25@wildcats.unh.edu

Reminder: Please submit abstracts by September 31 for “The Art of Reading: Theory, Practice, Pedagogy” panel at NeMLA 2014 (April 2014).

In “The Art of Fiction,” Toni Morrison differentiates between reading as a skill and reading as an art. The skill, Morrison writes, enables readers to “negotiate life with some measure of control.” The art is a “different beast all together.”

This panel explores the scope and substance of Morrison’s “beast,” by examining the diversity and divergence of readerly responses to literary texts. Papers should consider in their analyses the purpose and process of reading. Namely, what constitutes our reading experience as scholars, students, and teachers? What makes reading an “art;” what does the practice entail; and why does—or why should—it matter?

Possible paper topics include but are not limited to:
•Reception Studies and Reader Response Criticism
•The reader as artist
•Reading across disciplines and genres
•Reading constructs of race, gender, and sexuality
•Reading trauma in literature
•Reading texts outside the book: engaging with film, photography, theater, music, dance, etc.
•Reading as an ethical or social practice.
•Teaching active reading
•Reading student writing
•Teaching, reading, and writing the literacy narrative
•“Pleasure” reading: reading outside the academy

Please send abstracts of 250 words to Eden Wales Freedman (eef25@wildcats.unh.edu).

Please include with your abstract:
Name and Affiliation
Email address
Postal address
Telephone number
A/V requirements

cfp categories: 
african-american
american
bibliography_and_history_of_the_book
childrens_literature
cultural_studies_and_historical_approaches
ecocriticism_and_environmental_studies
eighteenth_century
ethnicity_and_national_identity
film_and_television
gender_studies_and_sexuality
general_announcements
humanities_computing_and_the_internet
interdisciplinary
medieval
modernist studies
poetry
popular_culture
postcolonial
professional_topics
renaissance
rhetoric_and_composition
romantic
theatre
theory
travel_writing
twentieth_century_and_beyond
victorian