Call for Proposals by April 15, 2010, Permanent Section on Bibliography and Textual Studies: Mapping the Communications Circuit

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Midwest Modern Language Association
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The MMLA's permanent section on bibliography and textual studies seeks proposals for papers discussing points of contact between the "history of the book" and literary studies. This year's theme, "Mapping the Communications Circuit," builds off Robert Darnton's model for the history of the book as a circuit of communications, including texts but also authorship, readership, printing/publishing and bookselling/libraries. This theme invites scholars to reexamine the literary roots of book studies and to map out new directions for the field. Papers may focus on any historical period or geographic region, but should be primarily preoccupied with the intersection of book studies and literary studies. Abstracts falling under the general rubric of book history are also welcome. Please send 250-word abstracts to Matthew J. Lavin, Univ. of Iowa, by April 15, 2010.