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MLA Twentieth-Century German Literature Division
Call for papers, MLA convention, Seattle, Jan. 5-8, 2012
 
Ways of Reading

Reading, as an umbrella term encompassing a wide range of practices that cut across media, technologies, and institutional contexts, holds a peculiar place in current debates on the state of the humanities. It has garnered renewed attention in recent calls to reclaim an emphatic understanding of literature and aesthetic experience, and the proliferation of text-based electronic media (e-books, texting, e-mail, twitter) has placed reading practices at the very heart of social interaction and personal leisure.

For the 2012 meetings of the MLA 20th century German literature division we invite papers that address the multiple dimensions of reading from theoretical as well as historical perspectives. Possible topics include, but are not limited to: methodological approaches to reading (close reading, symptomatic reading, distant reading, surface/deep reading, etc.) and their impact on 20th century German literature and culture; reading as a practice constitutive of literary genres, as prefigured and reflexively enacted in literary texts; reading within specific media and as intermedial practice; reading as translation and adaptation; the relation between lay and specialized reading; the ethics and pedagogy of reading. Abstract submissions by March 1 to: Patrizia McBride ([log in to unmask]).

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Patrizia C. McBride
Associate Professor of German
Department of German Studies
183 Goldwin Smith Hall
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853
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