Participants sought for a roundtable assessing the meaning, value, and/or limitations of region as a framework for U.S. literary and cultural studies. What is “region”? How have notions of region been deployed in literary or other histories? How have the meanings of region or the regional shifted over time, and in contemporary literature or cultural discourse? What innovative connections does a regional framework enable, or how might region limit or preclude such connections? Is region necessary? Panelists’ areas of interest may include any historical, theoretical, or geographical perspective. Although we do not wish to rehash recent restructuring debates over the MLA Discusson Groups, statements considering the relation of “regional” to comparative literary and cultural studies, to languages, literatures, and cultures of the U.S., and to the U.S. South (as well as any other “region”) are welcome. Sponsored by the MLA Southern Literature Discussion Group. Please send 300-word position statements and a brief CV by March 9, 2014, to Katherine Henninger, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Graphic South
Graphic depictions of the U.S. South appear in a variety of sources–from those situated in the established fields of print culture and visual culture to recent projects in the emergent discipline of the digital humanities. The MLA Southern Literature Discussion Group is organizing a panel on visualizing the South through forms of representation that qualify as graphic in the broadest sense of the term. Paper topics might range from matters of form and format to the politics of representation to the making and meaning of images that project scenes of southern violence, abjection, sentimentality, and camp. Proposals on texts in any medium and historical period are welcome. Please sent 300-word abstracts, a brief CV, and A/V requirements to Ted Atkinson (TAtkinson@english.msstate.edu). Deadline: March 15, 2014.
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