"Just Read"?: Reviving Form in a Postcritical Terrain

deadline for submissions: 
September 30, 2017
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Northeast Modern Language Association 49th Annual Conference in Pittsburgh, PA April 12-15, 2018

"Just Read"?: Reviving Form in a Postcritical Terrain 

The postcritical turn has called for an alternative to critique in favor of description, surface reading, and the literal. In response, this panel investigates recent theorizations of form that rethink critique without leaving theory behind. Taking interpretation as indivisible from description, how might we consider form as a means by which texts theorize themselves? How can form explore questions of identity, environment, or politics? How can a return to form rethink the literary and the critical together?