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Twentieth-Century Blake (Abstracts Due 9/30/2010; NeMLA Conference April 7-10,

Jon Gagas / Temple University
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Abstract Deadline: September 30, 2010

42nd Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
April 7-10, 2011
New Brunswick, NJ ? Hyatt New Brunswick
Host Institution: Rutgers University

Recent scholarship has explored William Blake?s influence on a number of twentieth-century writers,
from W.B. Yeats to Philip K. Dick and Laura Moriarty. This panel seeks to find new links between Blake
and the twentieth-century writers with whom he is most often associated ? Yeats, Huxley, Joyce, and
Lawrence, among others ? and to put Blake?s art in dialogue with other artists, including graphic
novelists, filmmakers, and non-Anglo-American writers. Submissions that address Blake?s relationship to
issues in twentieth-/twenty-first-century philosophy, such as subject formation, vitalism, and
posthumanism, will also be considered.

Panelists are encouraged to examine Blake?s work with new critical lenses, such as masculinity studies
and postcolonialism, and to trouble Blake?s relationship to periodization. This panel aims to discover
aspects of Blake?s work muted under the rubric of British Romanticism. By discussing continuities
between Blake and the twentieth century, the panel invites considerations of modernity broadly defined
and ways that canonical authors have been appropriated in a century characterized by allusion and
pastiche. Papers on teaching Blake in dialogue with twentieth-century figures are also welcome.

Please send 300-500-word abstracts as Word or PDF attachments to Jon Gagas,,
along with a brief (250 words or less) bio detailing your research interests and relevant
publications/conference presentations.

Please include with your abstract:
Name and Affiliation
Email address
Postal address
Telephone number
A/V requirements (if any; $10 handling fee with registration)

Fifteen- to twenty-minute papers due at the conference, April 7-10, 2011. Multimedia use is encouraged.
Final presentation time limits will be announced when the session is finalized.
Notification of acceptance will be provided by October 15, 2010.

The 42nd Annual Convention will feature approximately 360 sessions, as well as pre-conference
workshops, dynamic speakers and cultural events. Details and the complete Call for Papers for the 2011
Convention will be posted in June:

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. Do not accept a slot if you may cancel to
present on another session.

Conference Location: New Brunswick, NJ, USA
Conference Starts: April 07, 2011
Conference Ends: April 10, 2011

CFP Submission Deadline: September 30, 2010

For more information, contact: Jon Gagas