This panel sounds awesome... I'm considering sending in a proposal to this. Thought I'd send it out for other possibly-interested parties, as well.
CFP: Reclaiming the Comic Book Canon (NEMLA, due 9/15)
Location: Massachusetts, United States
American Sessions at
40th Anniversary Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
Feb. 26-March 1, 2009
Hyatt Regency - Boston, Massachusetts
No longer exclusively the realm of fanatic collectors, outcast misfits, or sneering speculators, the comic book is now entering art galleries, multiplexes, and book clubs. But when they become the lucrative, marketed, popularized property of all, what gets lost? Moreover, what of the authority? This panel looks to compare the late 20th century rise of the graphic novel and comic book series, particularly the new discourses being employed by the widening audience/market for the form in the present context. How have standards changed? What machinery has been put in place concerning the analysis of the comic book, and how does that now reflect back on its creation?
Submit a 500-word proposal and brief vita to panel chair A. David Lewis by 9/15/08.
Name and Affiliation
A/V requirements (if any; $10 handling fee)
A. David Lewis
Department of Religion
145 Bay State Road
Boston, MA 02215
Visit the website at http://www.nemla.org