SAMLA 87 Reception Studies

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South Atlantic Modern Language Association
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This panel welcomes papers about any aspect of reception studies, including pedagogical work. Paper proposals addressing the SAMLA 87 theme are especially welcome. The Reception Study Society seeks to promote informal and formal exchanges between scholars in several related fields. Bringing together theorists, scholars, and teachers from many areas, this association promotes a much needed cross-dialogue among all areas of reception studies. By June 8th, 2015, please email abstracts of 250-350 words, a brief bio, and A/V requirements to Paul Dahlgren, Georgia Southwestern State University, at

The SAMLA 87 theme is: "In Concert: Literature and the Other Arts

From Sappho with her barbitos, to the gloriously illuminated Book of Kells, to the Troubadours of the High Middle Ages, on up through William Blake and his alchemical etchings, Lewis Carroll's controversial photographic portraits of children, Carl Sandburg's folk music, James Baldwin and Ray Charles' unlikely collaboration at Carnegie Hall on July 1, 1973, and all the way up to William S. Burrough's shotgun splatter painting, writers have never been content to make art solely out of words. The humanities in general have always been markedly multidisciplinary. The academy, too, has generally sought to accommodate, foster, and inspire multidisciplinary creativity and interdisciplinary collaboration by incorporating studio programs, MFA degrees, and hybrid cross-disciplinary majors of all sorts. Digital technology and the Internet, in particular, seem to provide a concrete realization of Hermann Hesse's "the glass bead game"– art as quintessential multidisciplinary game playing. For SAMLA 87, presenters are invited to consider the myriad connections between literature and the other arts – painting, sculpture, photography, book making, music, dance, film, architecture, and the like."