In 2004, Bruno Latour published his seminal essay “Why Has Critique Run Out of Steam: Turning from Matters of Fact to Matters of Concern.” In the nearly twenty years following, there have been several literary scholars who have ruminated on this topic. We have since seen a rise of close reading (Heather Love, Sharon Marcus, S. Best) methodologies and theoretical frames regarding the usefulness (Rita Felski, 2008 and Sara Ahmed) of literature and literary studies. Yet, we still seem to be asking if what we do matters.
The Beat Studies Association has space for papers on The Beats in relation to Chicago and for an open topic panel. Please send your proposal (title and a short paragraph) to John Whalen-Bridge at email@example.com by end of day, 7 February 2022.