The MLA Division on Comparative Studies in 20th-Century Literature and the Division on Literary Criticism solicit abstracts for papers to be delivered at a joint session of the 2013 annual meeting in Boston. The panel is titled: “Theory: A 20th-Century Genre.” Its premise is that “Big-T” or “Grand” Theory begins with Russian Formalism at the start of the 20th century, and enters its deliquescence towards the end of the century. We look for papers that either: 1) explore Theory as a literary form subject to the “laws of genre”; 2) explain the “take-off” of Theory in the early 20th century or its post-WWII boom; or 3) investigate Theory’s demise at the end of the century.
Abstracts of up to 500 words (or draft papers of ca. 2000 words) and a CV to Marshall Brown (email@example.com) and Thomas Beebee (firstname.lastname@example.org) by 15 November 2011. Notifications shortly after the 2012 MLA meeting.
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