CFP: [Bibliography] ALA Boston 2009: Kay Boyle and Other Writers: Little Magazines, the Middlebrow, and Modernism

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Lisa Dunick
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Kay Boyle Society: Call for Papers

American Literature Association (ALA)
May 21-24, 2009

Boston, MA

Kay Boyle and Other Writers: Little Magazines, the Middlebrow, and Modernism

Like many authors of her time, Kay Boyle began her career as a professional
author in the small magazine culture of expatriate Paris in the 1920s.
Boyle published her earliest work in the pages of This Quarter, The Dial,
transition, as well as The Black Sun Press. Like many writers of her time,
she did not remain a Little Magazine author. By 1931, she had moved on to
the pages of The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, Harper’s Bazaar, and the Saturday
Evening Post. Her transition into publishing in magazines with larger
circulations both bothered Boyle and provided her with public recognition
and a commensurate income.

This panel will explore the impact of publishing venues on Boyle’s work and
her relationship to other authors who made a similar transition. Of
interest are papers that explore the effect of these different publishing
venues on Boyle or explore Boyle’s connection to other authors in similar
situations. Papers need not deal specifically with other authors, but
papers that do so are welcome.

Papers might address the following topics:

•Publication venues and their influence on Boyle’s work or her reception
•The relationship between large and small presses, and Boyles involvement
in both.
•Questions of gender and the transition into mainstream literary culture.
•The importance of publishing venue to understanding Boyle’s place in the
•The relationship between Boyle and other modernist authors who contributed
to Little Magazines.
•The relationship between publication venue and Boyle’s politics; and the
effect of her politics on publication
•Boyle’s relationship to or with other authors
•Publication and reputation: opportunities and challenges
•Other facets of Boyle’s long career as an author or her reputation as a

Please send 300 word abstracts to Lisa Dunick ( by
January 5, 2009.

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