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John Bird <[log in to unmask]>
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Tue, 10 Dec 2013 19:00:28 -0500
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MLA 2014 is not even here yet, but it is time to think about MLA 2015! Here 
are two calls from the Mark Twain Circle of America, one main session that 
follows the conference theme, and a joint session with the American Humor 
Studies Association on humor in autobiography. Some details:
MLA 2015:  Vancouver, Canada, January 8-11, 2015

Mark Twain Circle Main Session:  Vulnerable Twain

Examinations of vulnerability in Mark Twain:  characters, themes, biography, 
autobiography, other.  Please send 1-2 pp. proposals for 20-page papers to 
John Bird, [log in to unmask], by March 10, 2014.

Joint Session of Mark Twain Circle and American Humor Studies Association

Over the past two centuries, book-length autobiography has been commonly 
regarded as a high-serious project: a culminating apologia, a settling of 
accounts, a view from heights of maturity or old age.  Within the genre, 
however, there are important exceptions: works distinguished by outbreaks of 
humor, pervasive wit, the reconstruction of the life experience as 
inherently comic.   With the new Mark Twain Autobiography commanding so much 
attention, we invite proposals that study ambitious autobiographical texts 
in which humor, wit, and laughter play a major role, and that speculate on 
the thematic importance of these qualities. Please send 1-2 pp. proposals 
for 20-page papers to John Bird, [log in to unmask], by March 10, 2014.

Please note: at the time of acceptance, potential presenters must be or 
become members of MLA.

John Bird
Vice President, Mark Twain Circle of America

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