M/MLA & MLA
SSML sponsors sessions at the annual Midwest Modern Language Association and Modern Language Association conferences.
Nov. 7-10, Milwaukee, WI
Art, Artifice, and Contradictions in Midwestern Literature
Chicagoan Susan Sontag wrote: "Real art has the capacity to make us nervous." Sontag must have intuited what James Joyce also knew when he wrote, "Poetry, even when apparently most fantastic, is always a revolt against artifice, a revolt, in a sense, against, actuality." When Midwestern writers explore the relations between art and artifice, the contradiction within creativity, are they engaged with metafiction, with the postmodern? Are Midwestern writers split at the root? And how do they demonstrate this complexity, this double vision?
To propose a paper for this panel, send title, short cv, and 1-pg. abstract to
by April 1, 2013.
Jan. 9-12, Chicago
Dreaming the Actual: Chicago Literary Voices
How do Chicago writers use, and resist, the city in their art?
To propose a paper for this panel, send title, brief cv, and 1-pg. abstract to Marilyn Atlas
by March 15, 2013.