CFP: Folklore and the Literature Classroom (3/1/07; MLA '07)

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David Allred
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"Folklore and the Literature Classroom"
A session arranged by the MLA Folklore and Literature Discussion Group
MLA 2007 (Chicago)

How can literature teachers encourage students to consider folklore's influence on the form, content, and/or reception of literary works?

Paper proposals may focus on any author, any type of literature course, or any form of folklore (i.e. belief, narrative, material culture, custom, legend, proverb, etc.) Papers may also address a variety of concerns:

* theories of literary aesthetics vs. community based aesthetics
* the politics of folklore in ethnic literatures
* reception studies and folklore "in" literature
* folklore as a way of theorizing whiteness
* orality and written texts
* folklore's influence in works of drama or poetry
* service learning and folklore in literature classes
* technology as a way to highlight folkloric influences in literary texts

Send one-page abstracts by 1 March 2007 to

Dr. David A. Allred
English Department
Snow College

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