Hawthorne at Play
This year we invited proposals for papers that consider “play” and “at play” in the most capacious sense, welcoming historical, formal, and theoretical readings of “Hawthorne at Play.” These could include the play of language in Hawthorne’s work (the pleasure of the text, jouissance, textual desire); intertextual play and play with precursors and historical sources; play with generic and readerly expectations; or representations and figures of play in Hawthorne’s writings and relevant historical contexts. Papers could also engage various theories of play, affect, and aesthetics to illuminate Hawthorne’s work. They might consider, for example, if Sianne Ngai’s “aesthetic categories” of the zany, the cute, and the interesting apply to Hawthorne’s work?
We are excited to sponsor the following three papers from among many excellent proposals. More details are available here at the MLA Online Convention Program
Sunday, January 9th, 12:00 p.m.-1:15 p.m. Marriott Marquis: Farragut North.
“The Spectator: Hawthorne’s Play with Genre, Medium, and Identity,” Patricia J. Roylance, Syracuse University.
“Hawthorne’s Comic Play,” Emily Banta, Rutgers University, New Brunswick.
“Playing with Fire in Hawthorne’s Stories of Book Burning,” Daniel Couch, United States Air Force Academy.
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