Call for Papers Elmira 2005: The Fifth International Conference on the State of Mark Twain Studies August 4-6, 2005 Conference Co Chairs: Conference Planning Committee: Dr. Michael Kiskis, Elmira College Dr. Kerry Driscoll, St. Joseph College Dr. Thomas Quirk, University of Missouri Dr. Charles Mitchell, Elmira College Dr. Linda Morris, University of Davis, California Gretchen Sharlow, Elmira College Dr. Peter Stoneley, The Queen's University of Belfast Mark Woodhouse, Elmira College The Elmira College Center for Mark Twain Studies invites the submission of eight-page, double-spaced manuscripts, in duplicate, suitable for fifteen-minute presentations. Include a cover sheet stating the title of the paper, your name, address, email address, and phone number. Also enclose a one-paragraph abstract of your paper. Papers are invited on the following topics: Electronic and Digital Mark Twain - Papers focusing on the availability and uses of electronic and digital resources in teaching or conducting research on Twain. Theorizing Mark Twain - Papers that make use of ideas, strategies, and vocabularies derived from any branch of critical theory. Domestic Mark Twain - Papers examining the role of domesticity in Twain's work; Twain's houses; houses in Twain's writing; Twain's household. Polemical Mark Twain - Papers focusing on Twain as polemicist; the polemic as form, style, humor, and temperament. Twain's social criticism and anti imperialism. Mark Twain's Reading - Papers concerning Twain as an avid and inquisitive reader and the ways in which books entered into Twain's own literary production. Mark Twain's Biography or Autobiography - Papers focusing on new approaches to Twain biography or to the problems and challenges of reading, editing, or understanding the autobiographical material. Mark Twain's Writing Friendships - Papers exploring how friendship is constructed and represented by Twain and his contemporaries. What are the cultural roles, qualities, and limits of Twain's friendships? Mark Twain and the Assault of Laughter - Papers examining the role of laughter in Twain's work; laughter as a subject in the humor; wit, satire, or sardonic laughter.