SSML @ M/MLA & MLA

SSML sponsors sessions at the annual Midwest Modern Language Association and Modern Language Association conferences. Participation on SSML-sponsored panels is open to current SSML members with fully paid dues. To become a member, click here.

M/MLA November 4-7, 2021, Milwaukee

Conference Theme: Cultures of Collectivity

Session Title: Ambivalence, Persistence, and the Role of Community in Midwestern Literature 

Presentations

  1. Rewriting the Chicago Renaissance: Collectively Creating the Midwest—from Hamlin Garland to Gwendolyn Brooks, 1900-1945, Aaron Cliff Babcock, Ohio U
  2. Community and the Unkillability of Eugene Henderson in Saul Bellow’s 1959 novel, Henderson the Rain King, Marilyn Judith Atlas, Ohio U
  3. Toni Morrison, the Haunting Legacies of the American South, and the Creation of a Midwest Community. Alejandra Marie Ortega, Purdue U

MLA January 6-9, 2022, Washington, DC

Presidential Theme: Multilingual US

Title of Session:  Writing With An Accent in Midwestern Literature

Presiding: Marilyn Judith Atlas, Ohio U, Athens

Presentations

  1. “The City in Which I Love You: Asian American Poets and the Urban Midwest,” Timothy Yu, University of Wisconsin
  2. “Crumbling Houses and Electric Dreams: Postwar Posthumanism in Raymond DeCapite's A Lost King,” Aaron Babcock,Ohio U, Athens
  3. “Safety Pins and Hidden Tears: Textual Healing in Louise Erdrich's Love Medicine,” Ross Tangedal, U of Wisconsin, Stevens Point
  4. “Writing English with an Accent: Bette Howland's Blue in Chicago and the Defamiliarized Image,” Marilyn Judith Atlas, Ohio U, Athens
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