CFP: American Literature and Literary Practice (4/15/06; MMLA, 11/9/06-11/12/06)

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M/MLA Conference
Chicago, IL
November 9-12, 2006

American Literature I: Literature to 1870 Permanent Section

TOPIC: Literacy and Literary Practice

Over the past decades, critics have increasingly turned their attention
to the ways in which the growth of the printing and publishing
industries transformed authorship in America. This panel turns its
attention to a related question: how have technological and social
transformations affected literacy and reading practices? Does the
meaning of literacy itself change as the audience widens in the
nineteenth century, and if so, how? Papers that take a broad view of
literacy are encouraged – these might include considerations of
lectures, newspapers, pamphlets, performances, and other "non-literary"
forms – although more traditional author studies are also welcome.

Please submit 1-2 page abstracts before April 15. MS Word email
attachments acceptable.

Bonnie Carr, Ph.D.
Department of English
Wake Forest University
P.O. Box 7387 Reynolda Station
Winston-Salem, NC 27109-7688
tel: (336) 758-3911
fax: (336) 758-7193

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