45th Annual Convention
Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
April 3-6, 2014
Host: Susquehanna University
Friedrich Kittler claims in 'Gramophone, Film, Typewriter' that, [a]s long as the book was responsible for all serial data flows, words quivered with sensuality and meaning, but [e]lectricity itself put an end to this. What was a quiver on a page when compared to the quaver recorded in a groove? Kittler himself puts it more bluntly: Even the most poetic of words could not store bodies. If not bodies, what is literature storing? In the electric age, what does the page record?
This panel invites papers attuned to modern and contemporary exchanges between the printed word and sound matter. In an age of sound reproduction, transmission, and storage, what has, and will, become of a mute medium like the book? What relationships exist between innovations in the technologies of voice and evolutions of the novelistic/poetic/theatrical voice? How has the amplification of noise and the proliferation of sound been represented formally and thematically?
Please include with your abstract:
- Name and Affiliation
- Email address
- Postal address
- Telephone number
- A/V requirements (if any; $10 handling fee with registration)
The 2014 NeMLA convention continues the Association's tradition of sharing innovative scholarship in an engaging and generative location. This capitol city set on the Susquehanna River is known for its vibrant restaurant scene, historical sites, the National Civil War museum, and nearby Amish Country, antique shops and Hershey Park. NeMLA has arranged low hotel rates of $104-$124.
The 2014 event will include guest speakers, literary readings, professional events, and workshops. A reading by George Saunders will open the Convention. His 2013 collection of short fiction, The Tenth of December, has been acclaimed by the New York Times as "the best book you'll read this year." The Keynote speaker will be David Staller of Project Shaw.
Interested participants may submit abstracts to more than one NeMLA session; however, panelists can only present one paper (panel or seminar). Convention participants may present a paper at a panel and also present at a creative session or participate in a roundtable.
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