Prison Voices: Literature from Inside the Walls

deadline for submissions: 
February 25, 2020
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Modern Language Association 2021 Convention -- Special Session
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MLA 2021, Toronto, January 7-10: CFP -- Prison Voices: Literature from Inside the Walls

This panel will examine modern literary production emerging from US prisons since the post-Attica prison-building boom and the growth of mass incarceration.  It will center incarcerated voices, their ideologies, and pedagogical possibilities for college and university teachers.  There is special interest in discussion of censorship and conditions of production.  Scope includes single or multiple authors, ex-prisoners and currently incarcerated, and all genres – poetry, fiction, non-fiction prose, autobiography, drama, erotica, and more.  Send 250-300 word abstracts and a short bio to before February 25, 2020