UPDATE: Close Reading (4/30/07; ALSC, 10/12/07-10/14/07)
Call for Papers
2007 ALSC Conference, Chicago, IL, October 12-14, 2007
April 3, 2007
The Association of Literary Scholars and Critics (ALSC) is re-issuing the
call for papers for its panel on "Thinking About Close Reading," which is
part of the 2007 ALSC Conference Program.
The submissions deadline for this panel has been extended to April 30.
Additional prospective members and current members alike are strongly
encouraged to apply.
Please see below for details.
The Association of Literary Scholars and Critics (ALSC) invites proposals
for papers and presentations to be considered for its thirteenth annual
conference at the Hotel Allegro in Chicago, October 12-14, 2007. The
conference program includes six panels and three seminars. A description of
one of these nine session topics appears below, along with an e-mail address
and other information regarding submissions. Please bear in mind that there
will be many more submissions than can be accepted, and that the criteria
may include not only the merit of the individual submission but the range
and variety of a session's contributions. The pleasure of the conveners is
to see how much stimulating and valuable work is being done; the pain is to
be able to accommodate only part of it in panel or seminar.
Submission form and deadline. Submissions must reach the convener of the
session by April 30, 2007. They should be sent to both (1) the convener of
the panel or seminar and (2) the Association's office at alsc_at_bu.edu. On
your e-mail's "subject" line, please give your name and other information in
the following form: "ALSC 2007, [Name of Session] abstract by [First Name,
* If you do not send copies to both the convener and the ALSC, we
cannot guarantee that you will receive an e-mail notice ackowledging receipt
of your proposal.
* For details regarding submission length, please refer to the
individual instructions for each session.
* You must be a member of the ALSC in good standing to participate in
the conference program as a panelist or seminarian. ALSC members receive a
discount on conference registration.
* For a complete listing of session topics and information about how
to join the ALSC, visit our website at www.bu.edu/literary.
Thinking about Close Reading
Convener: William Flesch (Brandeis University)
Papers are invited on the use and abuse of close reading as a tool of
criticism and interpretation. What practical, theoretical, or historical
issues does it raise? Is there a fundamental conflict between close reading
and more contextual approaches? Are there particular critics or particular
works that can be used to demonstrate its strengths and weaknesses? Does
close reading have a special purpose or value outside of literary criticism,
in dealing with other arts, for example, or with nonliterary or discursive
forms of writing, including work in philosophy and the social sciences?
Half-page proposals should be sent to Professor William Flesch, Department
of English, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA 02454. (
Association of Literary Scholars and Critics (ALSC)
650 Beacon Street, Suite 510
Boston, Massachusetts 02215
Phone: 617-358-1990 / Fax: 617-358-1995
Email: alsc_at_bu.edu / Internet: www.bu.edu/literary
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Received on Fri Apr 06 2007 - 16:59:58 EDT