*DEADLINE EXTENDED* -- MLA 2023: “Toilers of the world, disband!”: Work, Freedom, and the Creative Act in Nabokov

deadline for submissions: 
March 25, 2022
full name / name of organization: 
International Vladimir Nabokov Society
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The International Vladimir Nabokov Society invites paper proposals for the 2023 MLA Convention (San Francisco, January 5-8) for a non-guaranteed special session on the topic of “Work, Freedom, and the Creative Act in Nabokov” (in tandem with the 2023 MLA Presidential Theme: "Working Conditions"). Proposals might examine one or more of the following topics: Nabokov on work, especially creative labor and its prerequisites (memory, imagination, freedom, play, etc.); jobs/joblessness in Nabokov’s fictions; Nabokov in or on academia (academic labor, themes, characters); working conditions of émigré life; issues of class, wealth, and poverty; responses/opposition to Marxism, collectivism, totalitarianism; self-reflexive or metafictional commentary on writing, literature, style, or process; the importance of freedom, play, leisure, or personal vision for homo poeticus and the act of creation. Please submit 250-word abstracts by FRIDAY, MARCH 25th (new, extended deadline) to linkc@newpaltz.edu (Christopher A. Link, State University of New York, New Paltz).