MLA 2015 ~ Saturday Cash Bar!

 Come one, Come all!


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Our Official Saturday night social event for the MLA 2015 Convention in Vancouver will be held Saturday, 10 January, 7:00 pm – 8:15 pm, in 122 VCC West.

We look forward to seeing many of you there. Please join us!

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MLA–Comics Theory Roundtable

This is the second of our three official events at the next MLA convention, to be held in Vancouver, Thursday through Sunday, 8-11 January 2015:

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720. Comics Theory Roundtable

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Sunday, 11 January 12:00 noon–1:15 p.m., West 214, VCC West

Program arranged by the Discussion Group on Comics and Graphic Narratives

Presiding: Martha B. Kuhlman, Bryant Univ.

Speakers: Michael A. Chaney, Dartmouth Coll.; Hugo Frey, Univ. of Chichester; Jared Gardner, Ohio State Univ., Columbus; Fabrice Leroy, Univ. of Louisiana, Lafayette; Barbara Postema, Ryerson Polytechnic Univ.

This roundtable analyzes interdisciplinary approaches to studying comics. Comics theory includes semiotics, film theory, linguistics, visual studies, and narrative theory, among other disciplines. The scholars examine to what extent these discourses are in conversation with one another and seek connections among them.

 

MLA 2015–Immigration and Comics

This is the first of our three official events at the next MLA convention, to be held in Vancouver, Thursday through Sunday, 8-11 January 2015:

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Session 624. Immigration and Comics

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Saturday, 10 January 5:15–6:30 p.m., East 16, VCC East

Program arranged by the Discussion Group on Comics and Graphic Narratives and the Division on European Literary Relations

Presiding: Sandra L. Bermann, Princeton Univ.; Nhora Lucia Serrano, Harvard Univ.

1. “‘Home of the Cannibals’: Interracial Contact and Immigration in Chris Ware’s Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth,” Tim Caron, California State Univ., Long Beach

2. “Aya in the Ivory Coast and Abouet in France: Immigration in Aya de Yopougon,” Michelle Bumatay, Willamette Univ.

3. “From Immigrants to Privateers: The Curious Case of Hogan’s Alley and The Yellow Kid,” David M. Ball, Princeton Univ.

4. “Comedy of Errors: Lessons of Identity and Agency in American Born Chinese,” Judy Schaaf, Univ. of Massachusetts, Dartmouth

 

MLA 2014—Cash Bar with Children’s Literature

Yes, a collaborative cash bar and reception! This our official Friday night social event for the MLA 2014 Convention, to be held next weekend in Chicago. Think of it as a convivial complement to our three academic panels! Details follow:

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Session 428. Cash Bar Arranged by the Division on Children’s Literature and the Discussion Group on Comics and Graphic Narratives

Friday, 10 January, 7:00–8:15 p.m., Grand I, Chicago Marriott

Please join us and our colleagues in the Children’s Literature Division for this informal get-together! It’s a rare opportunity for our groups to get to know each other and talk about the intersection of our fields!

As always, we in the Comics Group are eager to meet with everyone at MLA who is interested in comics studies. Members of our Executive Committee will be on hand to chat about our future plans, ideas for programming and community-building, and the further growth of comics studies both at the MLA and across academia—including opportunities for further collaboration between comics and children’s literature studies! We invite your input, and hope to connect with you. If you’re at MLA, please do come!

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MLA 2014—Announcing Our Sessions!

Click here to read more about the MLA 2014 Convention!

It’s that time of year again! We of the MLA Discussion Group on Comics and Graphic Narratives are proud to announce our sessions for the 129th Annual MLA Convention, to be held 9-12 January 2014 in Chicago. Once more we’ll be doing our full allotment of panels—three, including one in collaboration with the MLA Division on Literature and Other Arts—and a social event, namely a cash bar co-sponsored by the MLA Division on Children’s Literature.

Here are the details (click on the links to read more about each individual panel):

Session 388: Transnational Comics, co-sponsored with the Division on Literature and Other Arts

Session 428: Cash Bar, arranged by the Division on Children’s Literature and the Discussion Group on Comics and Graphic Narratives

Session 595: Comics and Fine Arts

Session 768: Collaboration in Comics

Besides the above sessions that we’re sponsoring, MLA 2014 will of course also include other sessions and papers devoted to comics (which we’ll list in a future post). Comics studies within the MLA continues to make noise! Do bookmark this blog and check back in over the weeks to come, as the convention draws nearer! We’ll be posting abstracts of all the papers in our sessions by Dec. 20.

Note: Only a limited number of MLA sessions are open to the general public (see the MLA website here). That does not include our sessions, which are open only to registered participants in the convention. For more information about the convention, including registration costs, see the homepage for MLA 2014.