MLA Conference 2017

Off-site Cash Bar for American Literature Society

Friday, 6 January, 6-8 p.m.
Con Murphy’s
1700 Ben Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Attendees will cover the costs of their own food and drink.

453. Recovery Work: Digital Approaches to the Archive

Saturday, 7 January, 8:30-9:45 a.m.

112B, Pennsylvania Convention Center

Program arranged by the forum TM Bibliography and Scholarly Editing and the American Literature Society

Presiding: Anna Mae Duane, Univ. of Connecticut, Storrs

Speakers: Sigrid Anderson Cordell, Univ. of Michigan, Ann Arbor; Jim Casey, Univ. of Delaware, Newark; Melissa Dinsman, York Coll., City Univ. of New York; Amy Earhart, Texas A&M Univ., College Station; P. Gabrielle Foreman, Univ. of Delaware, Newark; Jessica Gordon-Burroughs, Hamilton Coll.; Carrie Johnston, Wake Forest Univ.; Elizabeth Rodrigues, Grinnell Coll.

503. Alternative Historicisms

Saturday, 7 January, 10:15–11:30 a.m.

111B, Pennsylvania Convention Center

Presiding: Anna Brickhouse, Univ. of Virginia

  1. “Historical Emends,”Marion Leeson Rust, Univ. of Kentucky
  2. “Absent-Minded Historicism,”Elizabeth A. Fenton, Univ. of Vermont;Valerie Rohy, Univ. of Vermont
  3. “Historicizing Disaster,”Michael A. Elliott, Emory Univ.


677. MLA Awards Ceremony

(including presentation of American Literature Society’s Hubbell Medal for Lifetime Achievement to José David Saldívar)

Saturday, 7 January, 8:15 p.m.

Liberty Ballroom ABC, Philadelphia Marriott

Presiding: Kwame Anthony Appiah, New York Univ., MLA President


683. Settler Colonialism and American Literary History

Sunday, 8 January, 8:30–9:45 a.m.

202B, Pennsylvania Convention Center

Presiding: Hsuan L. Hsu, Univ. of California, Davis

  1. “Between Two Ghost Dances: Sarah Winnemucca’s Narrative and the Limits of the Event in Literary History,”Mark Rifkin, Univ. of North Carolina, Greensboro
  2. “Playing Stories: Settler Colonialism as Ludonarrative Dissonance,”Jodi A. Byrd, Univ. of Illinois, Urbana
  3. “The Liberal, the Anarchist, and the Frontiersman: Dissent and the Settler Colonial Imaginary in United States Literature,”Alex Young, Amherst Coll.