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Friday, 07 January

341. Reading as Critical Practice in American Literary Studies

3:30–4:45 p.m., Platinum Salon A, J. W. Marriott

A special session

Presiding: Robert S. Levine, Univ. of Maryland, College Park

Speakers: Pier Gabrielle Foreman, Occidental Coll.; Robert S. Levine; Richard Lowry, Coll. of William and Mary; Samuel Otter, Univ. of California, Berkeley; Joel Pfister, Wesleyan Univ.; Laura Wexler, Yale Univ.

Our roundtable addresses the key questions of what we are reading when we read American literature and how we might read to make such determinations. How might an attention to critical practices of reading help us develop new perspectives on, say, race, the didactic, and the visual in American literature? We hope that our consideration of reading as a critical practice will help complicate, challenge, and enrich historicist approaches to American literary studies.

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