“Prison in Literature – Literature in Prison” at the 2013 Midwest MLA Annual Convention

Bruce Franklin has asserted that “just as we now assume that one cannot intelligently teach nineteenth century literature without recognizing slavery as context, one cannot responsibly teach contemporary American literature without recognizing the American prison system as context.” This round-table will explore the various relationships between literature and incarceration. We seek papers that relate incarceration to the study, teaching, or production of literature. Possible topics include contemporary or historical prison texts as well as teaching literature or writing in prison. Although we are especially interested in papers that include and honor the voices of prisoners themselves, in the spirit of our convention theme “Art & Artifice,” we also welcome papers on fictional representations of prison.

Please send 250-word abstracts by June 14th.

For more information, see: http://www.luc.edu/mmla/callforpapers.html#ss

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Art, philosophy and activism from Tennessee's death row
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