NeMLA: Reconfiguring Linguistic Hierarchies in Early Modern Lit., April 3-6, 2014

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

This session seeks papers that explore linguistic issues in early modern literature. As vernacular languages vie for prestige, humanism, the encounter with the Americas and Orientalism (re)introduce ancient and exotic languages into European society. The resulting reconfiguration of linguistic hierarchies provides writers with rich material. What is the literary effect several languages/dialects interacting? Comic? Tragic? Theatrical? What societal concerns are expressed?
Please send 250-500 word abstracts to Maren Daniel,
Deadline: October 15, 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 capitol 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 only present 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.