Magazines and (m)LA, 2011

Well, it ain’t MSA anymore. The magazine slate at MLA is a lot less full than we saw in Victoria, but there’s a nicely diverse group, from Victorian reviews to Love and Rockets and from Irish journalism to Australian avant-garde poetry websites, reminding us of the many, many forms periodicals studies can and should take. Many of the panels have links to descriptions of the papers or panels.  If we’ve missed something, please let us know.

Thursday, 06 January

8. Serial Narrative: Theory and Practice

12:00 noon–1:15 p.m., Olympic I, J. W. Marriott

A special session.  Description here.

Presiding: Steven J. Venturino, Loyola Univ., Chicago

1. “Reading Televisually,” Kelly Hager, Simmons Coll.

2. “Illustration, Sensation, and Serialization: The Woman in White and Lady Audley’s Secret,” Elizabeth Q. Anderman, Univ. of Colorado, Boulder

3. “Serializing the Mid-Victorian World: Competing Globalities in Household Words and the Family Herald,” Mia Chen, Graduate Center, City Univ. of New York

Friday, 07 January

175. Narrative Imag(in)ing and the Comics of the Hernandez Brothers

8:30–9:45 a.m., Olympic III, J. W. Marriott

A special session

Presiding: Jennifer Glaser, Univ. of Cincinnati

1. “Serialization, Character Dynamics, and Narrative in Gilbert Hernandez’s Love and Rockets,” Christopher Gonzalez, Ohio State Univ., Columbus

Description here.

2. “Strategizing Popular Genre in the Works of the Hernandez Brothers,” Derek Parker Royal, Western Illinois Univ.

3. “Emotion, Cognition, and Race in Los Bros Hernandez,” Frederick Luis Aldama, Ohio State Univ., Columbus

Respondent: Charles Hatfield, California State Univ., Northridge

Friday, 07 January

179. BBC Radio and British Writing

8:30–9:45 a.m., Diamond Salon 3, J. W. Marriott

Program arranged by the Division on Twentieth-Century English Literature

Presiding: Allan Hepburn, McGill Univ.

1. “Cultural Tectonics; or, Why the BBC Became Afraid: Harold Nicolson and the New Spirit in Literature,” Todd Avery, Univ. of Massachusetts, Lowell

2. “The Listener as Interface,” Debra Rae Cohen, Univ. of South Carolina, Columbia

Description here.

3. “Only Connecting? E. M. Forster, Empire Broadcasting, and the Ethics of Distance,” Daniel Morse, Temple Univ., Philadelphia

Friday, 07 January

194. Ireland and the New Journalism

8:30–9:45 a.m., Platinum Salon G, J. W. Marriott

Program arranged by the American Conference for Irish Studies and the Discussion Group on Anglo-Irish Literature

Description here.

Presiding: Susan Cannon Harris, Univ. of Notre Dame

Speakers: Margot Gayle Backus, Univ. of Houston; Gregory R. Castle, Arizona State Univ.; Anne Kane, Univ. of Houston, Downtown; Paige Reynolds, Holy Cross Coll.; Karen M. Steele, Texas Christian Univ.

In anticipation of the centenary of the 1912 Titanic disaster that ended the career of the new journalism’s greatest innovator, W. T. Stead, this roundtable will examine how Stead’s revolution in British newspapers and print journalism shaped Irish politics, culture, newspaper practices, and representations of journalism.

Friday, 07 January

221. Transatlantic Transactions: The Dialogue between British and American Experimental Poetry

10:15–11:30 a.m., Diamond Salon 2, J. W. Marriott

A special session

Presiding: Rajiv C. Krishnan, The English & Foreign Languages Univ.

1. “The Unstable ‘I’ in Denise Riley’s Poetry,” Ashley Tellis, Indian Inst. of Tech., Hyderabad

2. “Language in Dispute: The Cambridge Critique of Language Poetry,” Nandini Ramesh Sankar, Cornell Univ.

3. “Charles Olson and J. H. Prynne: Transatlantic Correspondences,” Rajiv C. Krishnan

4. “Jacket Magazine: An Overview,” John Tranter, Univ. of Sydney

Description here.

Friday, 07 January

374. Conrad and Narrative

5:15–6:30 p.m., Platinum Salon B, J. W. Marriott

Program arranged by the Joseph Conrad Society of America and the International Society for the Study of Narrative

Presiding: John G. Peters, Univ. of North Texas

1. “Narrative Reconciliations in Conrad’s Heart of Darkness and Achebe’s Things Fall Apart,” Nidesh Lawtoo, Univ. of Lausanne

2. “African Autopsy: Conrad, Stanley, and the New York Herald,” Brian Artese, Georgia State Univ.

Description here.

3. “The Nellie’s Legacy: Telling the Truth and Lies of Omission in Heart of Darkness,” Bonnie L. Roos, West Texas A&M Univ.

4. “‘Writer among Ruins’: Conrad, Said, Naipaul,” Ankhi Mukherjee, Univ. of Oxford, Wadham Coll.

Friday, 07 January

377. Picturing Literature: Visualizing Nineteenth-Century Texts

5:15–6:30 p.m., Platinum Salon J, J. W. Marriott

Program arranged by the Division on Nineteenth-Century American Literature

Presiding: Rafia Zafar, Washington Univ. in St. Louis

1. “Democratizing Images: Life Pictures Douglass in 1968,” Julia Faisst, Giessen Univ.

2. “The Eastern Schoolmarm and National Destiny in Screen Versions of Wister’s The Virginian,” R. Barton Palmer, Clemson Univ.

3. “Rockwell Kent’s Illustrations for Moby-Dick,” Angela Miller, Washington Univ. in St. Louis

Saturday, 08 January

431. Textual Scholarship and New Media

8:30–9:45 a.m., Diamond Salon 8, J. W. Marriott

Program arranged by the MLA Committee on Scholarly Editions

Presiding: Michael Eberle-Sinatra, Université de Montréal

1. “Comic Book Markup Language: An Introduction and Rationale,” John A. Walsh, Indiana Univ., Bloomington

Description here.

2. “Crowdspeak: Mobile Telephony and TXTual Practice,” Rita Raley, Univ. of California, Santa Barbara

3. “Alternate Reality Games and Transmedia Textuality: Interpretive Play and the Immaterial Archive,” Zach Whalen, Univ. of Mary Washington

Saturday, 08 January

488. Victorian Form: Good Form

10:15–11:30 a.m., Plaza II, J. W. Marriott

Program arranged by the Division on the Victorian Period

Presiding: Eileen Gillooly, Columbia Univ.

1. “Disciplinary History, Ideological Formalism, and the Victorian Review,” Rachel S. Buurma, Swarthmore Coll.

Description here.

2. “Aestheticism’s Forms: Taking a Visual Turn,” Rachel Teukolsky, Vanderbilt Univ.

3. “Bigly and Kindly: What Form Is Good For in William Morris,” John M. G. Plotz, Brandeis Univ.

Saturday, 08 January

505. Lives and Archives in Graphic and Digital Modes

12:00 noon–1:15 p.m., Platinum Salon C, J. W. Marriott

A linked session arranged in conjunction with the Presidential Forum Lives and Archives: Finding, Framing, and Circulating Narrated Lives Now (207)

Presiding: Julia Watson, Ohio State Univ., Columbus

1. “Comics Form and Narrating Lives,” Hillary L. Chute, Harvard Univ.

2. “Automedial Ghosts,” Brian Rotman, Ohio State Univ., Columbus

3. “What Is Worth Saving? The Salvage Work of Comics,” Theresa Tensuan, Haverford Coll.

Saturday, 08 January

Saturday, 08 January

552. Drawing Women’s Lives

1:45–3:00 p.m., Platinum Salon J, J. W. Marriott

Program arranged by the Discussion Group on Comics and Graphic Narratives

Description here.

Presiding: Hillary L. Chute, Harvard Univ.

1. “‘My Independent Jewish Monster Temperament’: The Serial Selves of Aline Kominsky-Crumb,” Tahneer Oksman, Graduate Center, City Univ. of New York

2. “The Embedded Looker: Charting Narration in Graphic Memoir,” Robyn R. Warhol, Ohio State Univ., Columbus

3. “Arranging the Narration of Women’s Lives in Marjane Satrapi’s Broderies/Embroideries,” Stacey Weber-Feve, Iowa State Univ.

565. Modernism in Motion: Circulation, Reception, Consumption

1:45–3:00 p.m., Atrium III, J. W. Marriott

Program arranged by the Modernist Studies Association

Description here.

Presiding: Sean Latham, Univ. of Tulsa

Speakers: David M. Earle, Univ. of West Florida; Barbara J. Green, Univ. of Notre Dame; Faye Hammill, Univ. of Strathclyde; Gayle B. Rogers, Univ. of Pittsburgh

What happens when the idea of modernism is organized not around solitary genius and the scene of aesthetic production but instead around diverse and multiform scenes of circulation, reception, and consumption? This session will offer distinct responses to this question grounded in methodological approaches and exemplified in brief readings of a single text or object. Panelists will speculate about how the shift to consumption might transform our increasingly unstable conception of modernism as both a historical period and a set of distinctive aesthetic practices.

Saturday, 08 January

660. John Tranter and Jacket Magazine: A Creative Conversation

7:00–8:15 p.m., Olympic III, J. W. Marriott

Presiding: Michael S. Hennessey, Univ. of Pennsylvania

Speakers: John Tranter, Univ. of Sydney; Marjorie Gabrielle Perloff, Stanford Univ.; Kate Lilley, Univ. of Sydney; Julia Bloch, Univ. of Pennsylvania

Description Jacket magazine.

For further information, visit

Sunday, 09 January

704. Units of Fiction: Chapter, Episode, Volume

8:30–9:45 a.m., Plaza III, J. W. Marriott

Program arranged by the Division on Prose Fiction

Presiding: Alex Woloch, Stanford Univ.

1. “Capitulum, Argumentum, Chapter,” Nicholas Dames, Columbia Univ.

2. “Reading the Episode,” Matthew C. Garrett, Wesleyan Univ.

3. “Volume, Trilogy, Sequence,” Suzanne Parker Keen, Washington and Lee Univ.

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