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.
Vice President, Mark Twain Circle of America
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