The International Virginia Woolf Society has issued a call for papers for the Modern Language Association Convention, which will be held in Chicago, Jan. 9-12, 2014.
Guaranteed panel at MLA
The society will have one guaranteed panel, Woolf, Wittgenstein, and Ordinary Language, which invites papers on Woolf’s championing of the ordinary in language and Wittgenstein’s philosophy of ordinary language, both thinkers’ tangential relationship to the “Apostles,” and/or their influence on Bloomsbury.
Organizers: Madelyn Detloff at firstname.lastname@example.org and Gaile Pohlhaus Jr. at email@example.com.
Deadline: 300-word abstracts are by March 8 to the organizers.
More information: For more information about the panel, please contact the organizers directly.
The society will propose an additional panel to submit to the MLA Program Committee, which
must be accepted by the committee before it is official. Panel details are as follows:
Woolf and London’s Colonial Writers: Literary, political, social, and spatial connections between Woolf and London-affiliated writers from the British colonies. Papers may focus on any number of writers who traveled from various locals in the British Commonwealth and spent time in London contemporaneously with Woolf, including Mulk Raj Anand and Mahatma Gandhi of India and C.L.R. James, Una Marson, and Jean Rhys, from the West Indies. Papers might address intersections through the Hogarth Press, mutual friends and social circles, shared literary and political investments, literary responses, and common spaces.
Organizer: Elizabeth F. Evans at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Deadline: 300-word abstracts are due by March 8 to the organizer.
Proposed collaborative panel
The society will also collaborate with another allied organization and submit a third panel, which is not guaranteed. For 2014, that will be a panel with allied organization, SHARP: The Society for the History of Authorship, Reading, and Publishing.
Organizers will choose papers for this panel and submit the proposal to the MLA Program Committee and hope for their approval.The topic is: Book History & Virginia Woolf: A joint session of the International Virginia Woolf Society and SHARP (Society for the History of Authorship, Reading, and Publishing) on Woolf & book arts & history: letterpress, typesetting, bookbinding, manuscripts, the material book . . . her books in book history, and more.
Angles for this panel include Virginia Woolf, history, & the book arts. Woolf and letterpress, bookbinding, the book arts; depictions of the material book or the printing process in Woolf; or bibliographical or manuscript-based studies. Sly references to letterpress, type and typesetting, bookbinding and the Book Arts, glimpses in bookshop windows, descriptions of books on tables, with just a line of text to tease the reader, books wrapped in plain brown wrapper, manuscripts tucked in the bosom, books abound within the text of Woolf’s books. How do they work? Can they be identified? What do they mean? How do they shed light on Woolf as a book-maker/book-binder, a lover of the history and art of the book—in addition to her love of writing?
Organizers: Leslie K. Hankins at email@example.com and Greg Barnhisel at firstname.lastname@example.org
Deadline: 300-word abstracts are due March 8 to the organizers.
MLA Woolf Bash
The society’s annual MLA bash will be held at the home of Pamela Caughie.
Important note: You must be on the books as a member of MLA to organize or present on a panel.
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