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Detailed Description Examples

This page contains links to examples of successful description sections from a variety of session proposals (these examples are applicable to all types of special-session and nonguaranteed-session proposals). Click on a link below to view the example. These excerpts appear as they were received by the MLA and have not been edited to conform to MLA style.

Examples from Special-Session Proposals

Ideas of Form in Twentieth-Century Poetry: What We Talk about When We Talk about Form
(Example of a proposal organized by a graduate student)
Post-Bellum, Pre-Harlem: New Approaches to African American Literature and Culture, 1877-1919
(Example of a proposal with three graduate student panelists)
Reconsidering Robert Creeley
(Example of a proposal that is also a tribute)
Saintly Women and Priestly Poets: The Fifteenth-Century English Poetry of Osbern Bokenham, John Capgrave, and John Audelay
(Example of a proposal with a good rationale and history)
Revision as Writing, Writing as Revision
(Example of a roundtable proposal)
Peter Weiss's Aesthetics of Resistance at Twenty Five
(Example of a proposal focusing on one work)

Examples from Nonguaranteed-Session Proposals

Literature, Wars, and the American Body
(Example of a collaborative session proposal)
Drawing Women’s Lives
(Example of a single-entity proposal)


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