CFP: [Theory] Teaching and Learning Literature: The (Im)Possibilities; (NeMLA 2009)

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Ellen C. Carillo
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40th Anniversary Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
Feb. 26-March 1, 2009
Hyatt Regency - Boston, Massachusetts
Call for papers:
Teaching and Learning Literature: The (Im)Possibilities
Northrop Frye wrote that it is "impossible to 'learn literature': one
learns about it in a certain way, but what one learns, transitively, is
the criticism of literature. Similarly, the difficulty often felt
in 'teaching literature' arises from the fact that it cannot be done: the
criticism of literature is all that can be directly taught." This panel
seeks to explore, extend, and complicate this observation. Papers on the
difficulties associated with teaching and learning literature are
invited, as are those on the difficulties assessing one's teaching and
students' learning in literature courses. Send abstracts by September 15,
2008 to Ellen Carillo,

Complete Call for Papers now available online:

Please include with your abstract:
Name and Affiliation
Email address
Postal address
Telephone number
A/V requirements (if any; $10 handling fee)
Interested participants may submit abstracts to more than one NeMLA
panel; however panelists can only present one paper. Convention
participants may present a paper at a panel or seminar and also present
at a creative session or participate in a roundtable.

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