Self-Education and the Long Nineteenth Century

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Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
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45th Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
April 3-6, 2014
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Host: Susquehanna University

Self-Education and the Long Nineteenth Century

This panel will explore the idea of self-education in 19th and early 20th-century British literature to reflect on the current definition and function of literature within and outside institutions. Potential topics include: autodidact characters in the novel, education and class conflict, women readers/writers/scholars, the 'art novel' vs. genre fiction, aesthetics and self-culture, literature's emergence as a discipline, popular lectures, autobiography & life writing.

Send inquiries and 250-500 word abstracts by September 1st, 2013 to Amanda Kotch ( Use "Self-Education Panel" as subject line. Please attach your proposal as a MS Word, doc or docx. Include your proposal title, your name, affiliation, address, phone number and e-mail address.

Proposers need not be members of NeMLA to submit, but panelists must be members in order to present.

The 2014 NeMLA convention continues the Association's tradition of sharing innovative scholarship in an engaging and generative location. This capitol city set on the Susquehanna River is known for its vibrant restaurant scene, historical sites, the National Civil War museum, and nearby Amish Country, antique shops and Hershey Park. NeMLA has arranged low hotel rates of $104-$124.

The 2014 event will include guest speakers, literary readings, professional events, and workshops. A reading by George Saunders will open the Convention. His 2013 collection of short fiction, The Tenth of December, has been acclaimed by the New York Times as: "the best book you'll read this year." NeMLA's Keynote Speaker will be David Staller, Producer and Director of Project Shaw. Mr. Staller presents monthly script-in-hand performances of Bernard Shaw's plays at the Players Club in New York City.

Interested participants may submit abstracts to more than one NeMLA session; however, panelists can only present one paper (panel or seminar). Convention participants may present a paper at a panel and also present at a creative session or participate in a roundtable.