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Prose Fiction Divison Panels

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    Hester Blum

    Please join us for the Prose Fiction Division’s panels at the MLA Convention in Chicago next week. The Division is hosting two panels and co-sponsoring a third; details below.

    335. Mass versus Coterie: The Rare Book

    Friday, 10 January, 1:45–3:00 p.m., Los Angeles–Miami, Chicago Marriott

    Program arranged by the Division on Prose Fiction

    Presiding: Hester Blum, Penn State Univ., University Park

    1. ”Omnibus: Composite Books in 1930s Britain,” Allan Hepburn, McGill Univ.

    2. ”Future Readers: Mrs. Spring Fragrance, The Souls of Black Folk, and the A. C. McClurg Backlist,” Lucas Dietrich, Univ. of New Hampshire, Durham

    3. ”The Afterlife of Supersession, 1944,” Damien D. Keane, Univ. at Buffalo, State Univ. of New York

    514. New Theories of the Novel

    Saturday, 11 January, 12:00 noon–1:15 p.m., Clark, Chicago Marriott

    Program arranged by the Division on Twentieth-Century English Literature and the Division on Prose Fiction

    Presiding: Susan Stanford Friedman, Univ. of Wisconsin, Madison

    Speakers: Nancy Armstrong, Duke Univ.; Eric Hayot, Penn State Univ., University Park; Priya Joshi, Temple Univ., Philadelphia; Nirvana Tanoukhi, Univ. of Wisconsin, Madison

    Session Description:

    Classic theories of the novel by Lukács, Bakhtin, Watt, and others have focused on European texts from previous centuries. What theories of the novel are appropriate for recent writing that addresses the novel’s global range and forms? This interdisciplinary roundtable renews debates about the novel from a broader empirical basis that looks beyond the North Atlantic to Africa, Asia, and the Arab world.

    744. Mass versus Coterie: The Audiobook

    Sunday, 12 January, 12:00 noon–1:15 p.m., Missouri, Sheraton Chicago

    Program arranged by the Division on Prose Fiction

    Presiding: Rebecca L. Walkowitz, Rutgers Univ., New Brunswick

    1. ”’Fully Fleshed Out and Filled with Emotion’: Accent, Region, and Identification in the Reception of The Help,” Sydney Bufkin, Univ. of Texas, Austin

    2. ”Joyce, LibriVox, and the Recording Coterie,” Brandon Walsh, Univ. of Virginia

    3. ”Alien Stereo: China Mieville’s Embassytown,” Christopher Pizzino, Univ. of Georgia

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