Fordham English Faculty Makes Strong Showing at MLA conference

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Fordham English faculty members made a strong showing at the 2013 Modern Language Association conference in Boston this week, presenting their work and chairing sessions.

Anne Hoffman presented a talk titled "Fragmented Memories: Yoram Kaniuk's 1948" on a panel on “Memoir in Hebrew Fiction, Fiction in Hebrew Memoir” on Thursday 1/3 at 3:30pm.

Heather Dubrow will discussed “The Poet-Scholar” on Thursday 1/3 at 7pm.

Eve Keller was on a panel arranged by the Society for the Study of Early Modern Women, titled  “’A Little World Made Cunningly’: Generative Bodies and Early Modern Natural Philosophy” on Friday 1/4 at 10:15am.

Edward Cahill joined a discussion about “The Object(s) of Early American Literary Studies: New and Improved?” on Friday 1/4 at noon; the panel was arranged by the Division on American Literature to 1800.

Cornelius Collins presented a paper titled "Aural Literacy in a Visual Era: Is Anyone Listening?" on a panel on Aural Literature and Close Listening on Saturday 1/5 at 8:30am. Then at noon he chaired a session arranged by the Doris Lessing Society and the Margaret Atwood Society, "’In Other Worlds’: Atwood and Lessing's Speculative Fiction.”

Erick Keleman was on a panel organized by the Executive Director of the MLA, discussing “Leaders on the Right Track in the Academy,” on Saturday 1/5 at 10:15am.

Leonard Cassuto asked “Why Do Literary History?” on Saturday 1/5 at 10:15.

Rebecca Sanchez presented a paper titled “'Human Bodies Are Words': The Poetics of Deaf Voice" on a panel, arranged by the MLA Committee on Disability Issues in the Profession, about Literary Theory and American Sign Language Literature, Saturday 1/5 at 5:15pm.

Chistopher GoGwilt chaired a session arranged by the Joseph Conrad Society of America titled “Conrad's Chance One Hundred Years Later” on Sunday 1/6 at noon.

In addition to these folks, several other members of the department were at the conference as members of search committees hiring new faculty (one position in early American literature and another in 20th and 21st-Century postcolonial, anglophone, and diasporic literatures), while many of our graduate students and postdoctoral fellows are interviewing for jobs themselves.