UPDATE: [American] Fame/Infamy and late 19th-/early 20th-century U.S. literature (4/25/08; MMLA 11/13/08-11/16/08)

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Jeremy Wells
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Fame/Infamy and late 19th-/early 20th-century U.S. literature. This
session will explore the ways in which notions of fame and infamy
structure our understandings of U.S. literature of the late 19th and
early 20th centuries, a period that saw the publication of such once (and
perhaps still) scandalous texts as Dreiser’s Sister Carrie, Chopin’s The
Awakening, Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Dickinson’s Poems,
Sinclair’s The Jungle, Dixon’s Reconstruction trilogy, and others. How
do texts from this period represent issues of fame and infamy? How do
the famous/infamous reputations of these texts shape the ways we read and
teach them? 250-word proposals to Jeremy Wells at jerwells_at_siu.edu by
April 25.

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