The Research Society for American Periodicals solicits proposals for papers on American periodicals and working class cultures to be delivered at the American Literature Association's 23rd Annual Conference, 24-27 May 2012 at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco in Embarcadero Center.
Consider periodicals such as _The Messenger_ (founded as the official organ for the Pullman Porter's Union) to the _Worker's Daily_ - What role have periodicals played in forming and re-forming class consciousness among the working classes in the U.S.? What unique methodological challenges do working-class periodicals pose? How do working-class periodicals expand our understanding of readership and activism, labor and literary culture? How does literature or literary criticism in _The Partisan Review_ or _The New York Review of Books_ shape our understanding of the high-brow or low-brow audiences? What brow is the _New Yorker_, anyway? What are the challenges & possibilities for teaching material that concerns working class issues from highbrow sources? Conversely, what in various working class periodicals was designed explicitly or implicitly to teach? We seek submissions concerning any aspect of working-class magazines, newspapers, or periodicals in any form.
Please send a one-page abstract submissions to Susanna Ashton at email@example.com by January 16th 2012.
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