Friday, January 06, 2006

CFP ALA (American Literature Association): Melville and the Book

CFP ALA (American Literature Association): Melville and the Book

Call for Papers Deadline: 2006-01-20

SHARP at the ALA: Melville and the Book
Society for the History of Authorship, Reading, and Publishing (SHARP) American Literature Association Conference May 25-28, 2006 Hyatt Regency San Francisco in Embarcadero Center

Over the last twenty-five years, the texts of Herman Melville have lent themselves to historicist, multiculturalist, and postcolonial studies. More recently, his career has engaged the “aesthetic turn” in literary criticism, as well as inspiring literary biographies by Hershel Parker (1996, 2001) and Andrew Delbanco (2005). What light does book history shed on Melville’s life and work, and on these materialist and aesthetic impulses within the institution of literary studies? SHARP invites papers for a panel on Melville and the culture of writing, printing, and reading, from his day to ours. Possible topics include: editing Melville; the Melvillian library; receiving Melville; Melville as magazinist; canonizing Melville; the transmission history of Melville’s texts; digital Melville.

Please send electronically a 250-300 word abstract and one-page vita (as attachments and in the text message) by January 20, 2006 to Matthew P. Brown at
Matthew P. Brown, Assistant Professor
English Department/Center for the Book
EPB 308, University of Iowa
Iowa City, IA 52242
(319) 335-0454