Call for Papers


The Poetics of Economic Concepts


44th Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)

March 21-24, 2013

Boston, Massachusetts

Host Institution:  Tufts University


Concepts (and metaphors) originating in the language of business and economics play a critical role in literary works. The most prominent one, money, has been the focus of many studies in so-called “new economic criticism.” But other ones like work, value, worth, capital, expenditure, profit, and surplus, to name but a few, also have a critical role to play. Proposals on any of these concepts will be considered. Please send to Prof. Peter C. Pfeiffer ([log in to unmask]).



Deadline:  September 30, 2011

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The 2013 NeMLA convention continues the Association's tradition of sharing innovative scholarship in an engaging and generative location. The 44th annual event will be held in historic Boston, Massachusetts, a city known for its national and maritime history, academic facilities and collections, vibrant art, theatre, and food scenes, and blend of architecture. The Convention, located centrally near Boston Commons and the Theatre District at the Hyatt Regency, will include keynote and guest speakers, literary readings, film screenings, tours and workshops.

Interested participants may submit abstracts to more than one NeMLA session; however, panelists can only present one paper (panel or seminar). Convention participants may present a paper at a panel and also present at a creative session or participate in a roundtable.




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