Collectives, Communities, and American Print Culture

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This permanent MMLA panel invites abstracts that engage with collectives, communities, and print culture, widely conceived. In line with the conference theme, "border states," how does print culture give us a sense of community boundaries? How are collective identities formed, altered, or dismantled? What role does print culture play in shaping collectives or communities? How can we reconceive solidarity or community through the literary?

This panel can engage with but is not limited to the following topics: literary criticism, critical theory (including theories of affect), aesthetics, propaganda, literary texts, and print culture more broadly. Considering theories such as habitus (Bourdieu) and emotional habitus (Gould), this panel will engage with how scholars consider form and content of American print culture in terms of communities, collectives, social movements, outsiders, and borders, using Marxist, materialist, queer, and feminist analyses, to name a few. While this panel will entertain a variety of proposals ranging in content and time period, proposals focusing on American literature, print culture, or communities from 1865 to the present are of particular interest.

Please send abstracts of approximately 250 words by April 5th, 2016 to Please include your paper title and a brief academic bio. MMLA will be held in St. Louis from November 10-13, 2016. Conference details can be found at