Fair Play: Reading Sports ConTexts (MMLA, Nov. 3-6, submission deadline July 11)

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Noah Cohan, Washington University in St. Louis
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53rd Annual M/MLA Convention
November 3-6, 2011
St. Louis, MO
Convention Theme: "Play…No, Seriously"

Fair Play: Reading Sports ConTexts explores the rich semiotic play of sports texts. Temporally, geographically, and disciplinarily flexible, this session is geared toward those interested in the humanistic interpretation of sports texts, attracting work that may have difficulty finding a home on more conventionally-configured panels. Welcoming papers on a broad range of topics, from athletes to fans, from sports fiction to autobiography and nonfiction, from films and televisual texts to interpretations of sporting events themselves as texts, this session is aimed at a broad spectrum of presenters and audiences.

Please e-mail abstracts not exceeding 250 words to ncohan@wustl.edu by July 11th.