Ethnic and African American Writers, Readers, and the Literary Marketplace (ALA panel; abstract due 1/14/11)

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American Literature Association, panel organized by Reception Studies Society

The Reception Study Society (RSS) is organizing a panel at the ALA in Boston focused on the reception of literature by ethnic American or African American writers. The American Literature Association Conference will be held on May 26-29, 2011, in Boston, MA. See ALA site for more conference details:

The Reception Studies Society is seeking papers focused on any of the following issues:

•The reception of ethnic literature by ethnic or white readers
•Book clubs discussing ethnic literature, including online clubs
•Pressure upon ethnic writers to respond to or speak for particular audiences
•Double-voiced address to mainstream and ethnic audiences
•Reviewers' responses in mainstream and/or ethnic-oriented publications
•Marketing for specific target audiences
•Public controversies concerning authenticity (e.g. outing fake ethnic literature)
•Student reception of ethnic literature in the college classroom
•Consequences of the surge in popular demand for ethnic American literature

Please send a 350-word abstract with title and a short c.v. to Kimberly Davis at by Friday, January 14, 2011.