Periodicals have functioned throughout American history as not just an important vehicle for disseminating literature and cultivating literary taste, but as a site of literary experimentation. This panel, sponsored by the Research Society for American Periodicals for the American Literature Association conference in Boston, 26-29 May 2011, will examine the role played by periodicals in the formation of American literary genres. Proposals may examine the development of specific genres (including ones yet to be widely recognized) such as the essay, the review, the short story, serial fiction, "blood and thunder tales," serial columns, the magazine anecdote, the memoir, poetic forms, the graphic novel, and so on-- or can examine actual periodical types including the almanac, the miscellany, the little magazine, etc., as literary genres in their own right. Proposals examining specific periodicals from the colonial period to the present also welcomed. 250-word proposals should be submitted to Jean Lee Cole, Department of English, Loyola University of Maryland, 4501 N. Charles St., Baltimore MD 21210; or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org by January 12, 2011.
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