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Who Loves Paul Auster? (2024 NeMLA roundtable) (NeMLA's 55th annual convention)

Boston, MA
Organization: Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
Event: NeMLA's 55th annual convention
Categories: American, Interdisciplinary, Popular Culture, Literary Theory, African-American, Colonial, Revolution & Early National, Transcendentalists, 1865-1914, 20th & 21st Century, Aesthetics, Anthropology/Sociology, Classical Studies, Cultural Studies, Environmental Studies, Film, TV, & Media, Food Studies, History, Philosophy, Miscellaneous
Event Date: 2024-03-07 to 2024-03-10 Abstract Due: 2023-09-30

Calling all Paul Auster fans to propose presentations for a roundtable discussion on all things Auster.

Do you want to do a scholarly reading of one or more of his novels? Would you like to do an analysis of any of his films? Are you thinking of doing a close reading of one of his poems? Do you just want to tell us why you love Auster’s work? We’d love to hear it!

Would you like to talk about…

Old stuff? (The New York Trilogy, The Music of Chance, Mr. Vertigo)?

New stuff? (4 3 2 1, Burning Boy)?

Borrowed stuff? (Squeeze Play…his early novel in which he borrowed a style/genre  that didn’t quite work out for him)?

Blue stuff? (Blue in the Face)?

Paul Auster is one of our most thought-provoking authors whose work tackles contingency, coincidence, metafictionality, intersectionality, identity, liminality, failure, success, isolation, and community, among many other ideas and themes. We’d like to hear why you think Auster’s work is worth reading, viewing, and discussing. We’re up for anything you want to tell us about why you love Paul Auster!

Abstracts are accepted through September 30, 2023. Please submit a 300-word abstract by September 30 to NeMLA’s online portal: https://www.cfplist.com/nemla/Home/CFP

The session number is #20302.

The 55th annual NeMLA convention will take place March 7-10, 2024 in Boston, MA. For more information on the conference and to view NeMLA’s guidelines for abstracts, visit https://www.buffalo.edu/nemla/convention.html

Questions regarding the roundtable may be addressed to Lori Newcomb, LoNewco1@wsc.edu



Lori Newcomb