NeMLA 2023: Writing Materials: Women 'Writing' Beyond the Page (Roundtable)

deadline for submissions: 
September 30, 2022
full name / name of organization: 
Northeast Modern Language Association
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This roundtable explores women writers creating experimental literary works with alternative materials. From Alison Knowles's The Big Book (1967), a walk-in book installation with 8-feet pages; to Shelley Jackson's Skin (2003), a story published in tattoos across 2095 volunteers, and SNOW (2014), "a story in progress, weather permitting," through words written in snow on Instagram; to Jill Magi's textile poetics: these writers push the boundaries of textuality in order to consider in what ways material creates meaning, and to examine the political, social, and economic conditions that determine the creation of literary objects.

Short presentations (5-10 minutes) will close-read and analyze the use and meaning of alternative materials in specific literary works by women writers. Presentations on literary works that generatively or critically engage the written word and traditional print media are preferred.

Submit an abstract here by September 30:

54th NeMLA Annual Convention
March 23-26, 2023
Niagara Falls, NY
Location: Niagara Falls Convention Center
Hotel: Sheraton at the Falls