"Wet Theory": Creative Writing as Affective Lever in Feminist & Queer Criticism : NeMLA 2014

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Northeast Modern Language Association

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

We seek papers for our 2014 NeMLA roundtable "'Wet Theory': Creative Writing as Affective Lever in Feminist & Queer Criticism" that explore how moments of creative writing in feminist and queer criticism – fictionalized dialogues, fannish effusions, speculative scenarios, multi-media/formal experiments, and personal narratives – function as methods for engaging affective experience in what might otherwise by dry academic prose. We are especially interested in papers that consider how creative writing and affect in such criticism can enhance theoretical knowledge. Papers should be 10- to 15-minutes long. Please send 300-word abstract and CV by September 30th to Meridith Kruse (krusem@newschool.edu) and Alec Magnet (amagnet@gc.cuny.edu).

Deadline: September 30, 2013

Please include with your abstract and CV:
Name and affiliation,
email address,
postal address,
telephone number, and
A.V. requirements (if any; $10 handling fee with registration).

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." The Keynote speaker will be David Staller of Project Shaw.

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. http://www.nemla.org/convention/2014/cfp.html