Friday, June 20, 2008

CFP: Reclaiming the Comic Book Canon (NEMLA, due 9/15)

CFP: Reclaiming the Comic Book Canon (NEMLA, due 9/15)
Location: Massachusetts, United States

40th Anniversary Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association Hyatt Regency - Boston
No longer exclusively the realm of fanatic collectors, outcast misfits, or sneering speculators, the comic book is now entering art galleries, multiplexes, and book clubs. But when they become the lucrative, marketed, popularized property of all, what gets lost? Moreover, what of the authority? This panel looks to compare the late 20th century rise of the graphic novel and comic book series, particularly the new discourses being employed by the widening audience/market for the form in the present context. How have standards changed? What machinery has been put in place concerning the analysis of the comic book, and how does that now reflect back on its creation?

Submit a 500-word proposal and brief vita to panel chair A. David Lewis by 9/15/08.

Name and Affiliation
Email address
Postal address
Telephone number
A/V requirements (if any; $10 handling fee)

A. David Lewis
Boston University
Department of Religion
145 Bay State Road
Boston, MA 02215
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