MLA 2021 | Breaking Textual Boundaries: Collaborative Writing and Multiple Authorship
7-10 January, 2021
Breaking Textual Boundaries: Collaborative Writing and Multiple Authorship
This panel aims to investigate writing collaboration by challenging the notion of single authorship as a normative social and historical practice through an interdisciplinary examination of the concept of “voice.” Since the 1960s, critics have tried in various ways to open up textual boundaries in order to present the text as the result of a collective creative effort and dismantle the idea of an original singular genius. Here we might cite Reader-oriented criticism (W. Iser), the dissolution of the subject/author binary of Post-Structuralism (J. Derrida, R. Barthes, M. Foucault), and the Marxist and Post-Marxist trends of Sociology of literature (P. Bourdieu); all raising theoretical awareness on power dynamics inherent to the writing practice.
We invite case studies from a variety of collaborative forms and contexts, both overt (coauthorship, writing workshops and collectives) and covert (testimonies, biographies, ghostwriting). Other angles may be include the analysis of translations or adaptations, considering re-writing as a way to start a silent dialogue with the source text, or teaching and pedagogy.
Please send a 250-word abstract to Viviana Pezzullo, firstname.lastname@example.org