CFP: Re-imagining, Re-inventing, and Re-reading (grad) (2/15/07; MadLit, 4/20/07-4/22/07)

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CFP: Re-imagining, Re-inventing, and Re-reading (grad [April 20th-22nd] )
The Graduate Student Association is pleased to host the Third Annual MadLit conference at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. This year's theme invites a wide range of graduate student papers from a variety of literary and rhetorical periods that engage with re-imagining, re-inventing, or re-reading texts, genres, disciplines, and pedagogies.

In what ways does repetition produce difference? How are we to re-imagine, re-invent, or re-read a text, a genre, or even a discipline? As we pursue degrees in English studies, we should challenge our perceptions and methodologies with the re-introduction of imagination, invention, and reading. Our conference engages in suggesting possible alternatives to these returns, or repetitions, to the field of English. We are especially interested in papers that engage or complicate notions of imagination, invention, and reading in literary and rhetorical texts.

In accordance with our professionalizing goals, we also encourage faculty proposals for panels on any aspect of graduate student professionalization, including preparing a dissertation, publication, MLA interview and job talk tips, lecturing, teaching, etc.

We are pleased to have Professor Joseph Wiesenfarth as our keynote address. Professor Wiesenfarth is the Nathan S. Blount Professor Emeritus of English at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has written extensively on British and American novelists of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. His former work includes, Gothic Manners and the Classic English Novel and Ford Madox Ford and the Regiment of Women. He will be giving a talk on Jane Austen.

Suggested Topics for Submissions Include:
--revising or returning to a traditional interpretation of a text.
--looking at a text in new contexts
--the ethics of interpretation
--the relationships between texts
--texts that adapt or draw inspiration from previous texts (ie Wide Sargasso Sea, Shamela, Grendel, etc.)
--cross genre adaptations of texts
--the process and theory of revision
--cultural and temporal translations of texts
--close reading and distance reading
--revisiting the canon

Submission Guidelines
Panel proposals and presentation abstracts should be roughly 250 words and be submitted by February 15th. Papers should be 15-20 minutes in length. Please send abstracts to Emily Yu at with "MadLit Abstract" as the subject line. Please also specify if you require any A/V equipment.

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