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Please select a seminar for which you would like to propose a paper. Current ACLA guidelines specify that each ACLA member may submit only ONE PAPER for consideration. Abstracts must be received by Monday, September 23, 2019 at 9 a.m. EST.

“Philip Roth’s Succès de Scandale”

Organizer: Maggie McKinley

The Philip Roth Society invites submissions for a seminar entitled “Philip Roth’s Succès de Scandale.” While the subject of “literature and scandal” seems to be an emerging trend within... more

Reading in Theory

Organizer: Matthew Scully

Despite the proliferation of critical engagements with theories of reading by scholars of literary studies, it seems fair to say that relatively little has changed since Paul de Man claimed, “the... more

Forecasting: Scenarios for the Future

Organizer: Eva-Lynn Jagoe

The forecast is for 100-year storms and record-breaking temperatures to be the new norm. These daily and weekly predictions are microcosms of what is, in all likelihood, going to be a full-blown... more

Climate Change and Comparative Aesthetics

Organizer: Rebecca Oh

In 2016 Amitav Ghosh threw down a gauntlet: realism, he asserted, is not adequate to the task of representing climate change. As per the subtitle of The Great Derangement, it is “the unthinkable”... more

Narratives of the 1990s

Organizer: Jeffrey Gonzalez

Critics such as Jeremy Gilbert and Jeffrey T. Nealon have posited the 1990s as marking the start of the contemporary, suggesting a sort of ideological and cultural stagnation in the midst of... more

Ruins: Marvel, Horror, and Sublime


What do we mean by ‘ruins’ today? Would it possible to claim that we have entered a new phase in our rapport with what we used to approach as remnants of the past? One of the basic premises of this... more

Socialist Side of World Literature

Organizer: Yanli HE

This proposal invites scholars to address the connection between Socialist Realism(s) and world literatures within and beyond the Soviet Union and the Cold War. As I. Anisimov stated in 1959 that, in... more

Ordinary Language Philosophy and Literary Studies

Organizer: Matthew Nelson

Lately, scholarly interest in Ordinary Language Philosophy (OLP) has been on the rise. From special issues of New Literary History (2015) and MLN (2015) to monographs (e.g., Moi 2017; Habjan... more

Poetry's Exemplarity

Organizer: Walt Hunter

In this seminar, we invite participants to theorize poetry's exemplarity: what happens when we use a poem as an example in an argument? How are poems useful, felicitous/apposite,... more

Emily Dickinson and the Anthropocene

Organizer: Keith Mikos

Scholars periodize Emily Dickinson’s poetry in several ways: of the American nineteenth century; as post-Puritan, post-Romantic, or pre-Modernist; of a secessionist moment. But how, we ask, does her... more

Hermeneutics and Literary Studies Today

Organizer: Jason Ciaccio

How we enter into the domain of interpretive possibility is the question that animates the discipline of hermeneutics, a field of study that originated in Biblical exegesis and that questions the... more

Translation as Reading

Organizer: Junjie Luo

When Gayatri Spivak (1993) discusses “translation as reading,” she focuses on the relationship that a translator establishes with the original text and its translation. This seminar examines the role... more

Quantitative Aesthetics

Organizer: Joan Lubin

How does literature count? Language and number appear as radically divergent, if not mutually exclusive, modes of representation. Their strategic separation not only frames our most fundamental... more

Anarchism and Culture

Organizer: Ania Aizman

Inviting interlocutors from a range of backgrounds and scholarly traditions, this seminar might consider canonized authors or anonymous zines, cult films or unknown archives, and works of art from... more