Emphasis on 'RE': Rereading as a Catalyst for Changing the 'Original' Reading Experience

deadline for submissions: 
July 1, 2022
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SAMLA 94
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EMPHASIS ON 'RE': REREADING AS A CATALYST FOR CHANGING THE 'ORIGINAL' READING EXPERIENCE

As we rapidly approach the end of our Netflix queues and flip through the sweet few remaining pages of our previously-untouched Barnes-and-Noble libraries, we are all confronted with the inevitability of redoing--re-watching, rereading, re-(insert verb here). There comes a point where originality ceases, where we are all but forced to upcycle ideas handed down from previous scholars. The artform of literary criticism now rests in the ability to reuse that which has already been used in pursuit of a greater understanding, to recycle literature into shiny new pieces of knowledge to distribute once more. For this panel, we will investigate the indescribable and unique feelings of rereading, reviewing, and remarking our favorite works and pieces of criticism as well as the repercussions that follow. How does originality function within the field of literary criticism? How might literary criticism operate in the future? What investments should be made in the perpetuation of originality? By July 2022, please submit an abstract of 250-300 words, a brief (no more than 100 words) biography, and any A/V or scheduling requests to Catherine Maloney, Session Chair, at cbm70494@uga.edu.