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

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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