New Research in North American Book History: Canada, U.S.A., Mexico [NEMLA, Toronto, April 30-May 3, 2015]
Much contemporary work in the history of the book remains oriented within a nationalist tradition. This panel, instead, will present new research by literary scholars and book historians in which the transnational movement of authors, texts, printers, and publishers across North American borders and borderlands affects our understanding of the production, distribution, consumption, and reception of material texts. Taking a hemispheric approach to examining how books, individuals, and issues such as copyright move across or through national boundaries allows us to ask larger questions in book history about textual meaning, the history of communications and communications technologies, and the economics of the printing/publishing industries. Papers in this session can also reflect the relationship of print and print culture to the historical realities of colonizing and the colonized in British, French, Spanish, and Native North America from the fifteenth century to the present. Papers that fully explore the transnational potential of North American book history studies are particularly welcome.
The annual convention of the Northeast Modern Language Association will be held next year at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel, Toronto, Ontario.
By September 30, 2014, please email a 300-word abstract and short biography to Jeffrey Makala, University of South Carolina, at: firstname.lastname@example.org.