CFP: Division on Autobiography, Biography, and Life Writing (3/10/06; MLA '06)

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William Craig Howes
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Here are the panels for the 2006 MLA Convention, Division on Autobiography,
Biography, and Life Writing. If your paper is accepted, you will have to
become a member of the MLA by April 1--if you are a member already, then
you're all set. Please send your proposal to the person chairing the
session; you can submit to more than one session, although if you're
selected for both, I assume you'd be asked to choose one.

Craig Howes


1. Theorist Autobiographers. Autobiographical works by writers known as
theorists, and/or life-writing that develops theoretical argument (e.g.
Augustine, Confessions; Montaigne, essays; Wordsworth, Prelude; Steedman,
Landscape for a Good Woman; Derrida, Circumfession; Sedgwick, Dialogue on
Love). 250-word abstracts by March 10 to Carolyn Williams

2. Life Writing and Humor. Parody, irony, and satire as modes for
understanding and interrogating life writing genres. Self-deprecation or
mockery as strategies for identity construction. Lives of comic writers,
artists, performers. 250-word abstracts by March 10 to Craig Howes

3. Auto/Graphics after Maus. Interaction between word and image;
construction of personae through documents, portraits, anecdotes; narration
and layout of time, space, history; "graphic" content as well as
form. 250-word abstracts by March 10 to Gillian Whitlock

FYI--the current members of the division executive committee are Sarah Bird
Wright, Carolyn Williams, Craig Howes, Alison Booth, and Gillian Whitlock.

Craig Howes
Director, Center for Biographical Research
Editor, _Biography: An Interdisciplinary Quarterly_
Professor of English
1733 Donaghho Road
University of Hawai'i at Manoa
Honolulu, Hawai'i 96822
Phone: 808-956-3774 Fax: 808-956-3774
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