SSML sponsors sessions at the annual Midwest Modern Language Association and Modern Language Association conferences. Participation on SSML-sponsored panels is open to current SSML members with fully paid dues. To become a member, click here.

M/MLA November 14-17, 2019, Chicago

M/MLA theme: Doubles, Duality, Doppelgängers
SSML session title: Doubles, Duality, Doppelgängers in Midwestern Literature

Humor versus darkness? Simulacrum versus real? Originals versus copies? Binaries versus third space? This session will deal with masks, layers, and how Midwestern writers use and understand form and character. Are writers who live and write about the interior of America grappling with different issues or grappling with them in different ways than those who live on the coasts?

MLA January 9-12, 2020, Seattle

Distinguishing the Simulacrum from the Real, Qualified Optimism, and Stoicism in Midwestern Literature

Thursday January 9, 5:15 – 6:30 PM

  1. ‘Killed by the U.S.A!’: Reading James T. Farrell’s Studs Loniganas an Immigrant Response to John Dos Passos’s U.S.A., Aaron Babcock (Ohio U, Athens)
  2. Gwendolyn Brooks’s Maud Martha, the Mid-Century American Novel, and Being Human, Marilyn Judith Atlas (Ohio U, Athens)
  3. Precarity, Violence, and the Structures of Rural Life in Tomás Rivera’s . . . And the Earth Did Not Devour Him, Andy Oler (Embry-Riddle Aeronautical U)
  4. The Simulacrum and Optimism of Midwestern Maternity in Louise Erdrich’s Future Home of the Living God, Megan Cannella (U of Nevada, Reno)
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