CFP: Melville and the Book (1/20/06; ALA, 5/25/06-5/28/06)

full name / name of organization: 
Brown, Matthew P

SHARP at the ALA: Melville and the Book

Society for the History of Authorship, Reading, and Publishing (SHARP)
American Literature Association Conference
May 25-28, 2006
Hyatt Regency San Francisco in Embarcadero Center

Over the last twenty-five years, the texts of Herman Melville have lent
themselves to historicist, multiculturalist, and postcolonial studies.
More recently, his career has engaged the "aesthetic turn" in literary
criticism, as well as inspiring literary biographies by Hershel Parker
(1996, 2001) and Andrew Delbanco (2005). What light does book history
shed on Melville's life and work, and on these materialist and aesthetic
impulses within the institution of literary studies? SHARP invites
papers for a panel on Melville and the culture of writing, printing, and
reading, from his day to ours. Possible topics include: editing
Melville; the Melvillian library; receiving Melville; Melville as
magazinist; canonizing Melville; the transmission history of Melville's
texts; digital Melville.

Please send electronically a 250-300 word abstract and one-page vita (as
attachments and in the text message) by January 20, 2006 to Matthew P.
Brown at

The American Literature Association's 17th annual conference will meet
at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco in Embarcadero Center on May 25-28,
2006 (Thursday through Sunday of Memorial Day weekend). The deadline
for proposals is January 30, 2006. For further information, please
consult the ALA website at or contact the
conference director, Professor Maria Karafilis of California State
University, Los Angeles at with specific

Matthew P. Brown, Assistant Professor
English Department/Center for the Book
EPB 308, University of Iowa
Iowa City, IA 52242
(319) 335-0454

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