[Msa-discuss] CFP for MSA 18: Life/Writing: Biography, Autobiography, Diary

Ella Ophir e.ophir at usask.ca
Mon Mar 14 10:48:51 EDT 2016

Seeking two papers, one on biography, and one on autobiography (and/or
memoir), to join a third on diary, for a panel proposal for the MSA 18
conference, 17-20 November 2016, Pasadena, California

This panel would aim to bring into dialogue emerging perspectives on the
nature and status of these three genres of life writing in the modernist
era. While recognizing the instability of generic boundaries, and the many
hybrid forms of modernist life writing, the panel would seek to examine
relatively distinct instances of biography, autobiography, and diary in
order to elucidate how the different generic frameworks may shape writers’
approaches to issues such as the following:

- conceptions of self and/or character
- shifting boundaries of private and public life
- obscurity, celebrity, scandal
- exposure, gossip, confession
- everyday life and hierarchies of narrative significance
- the auto/biographical  “contract”: implicit and explicit claims to truth
or factuality
- “reality hunger”: the appeal and marketability of “true” stories
- memory, history, preservation

Proposals of 250-300 words and brief bio to Ella Ophir at e.ophir at usask.ca
by April 1.
(This is not a guaranteed session.)

Ella Ophir
Associate Professor, Department of English
University of Saskatchewan
9 Campus Drive
Saskatoon, SK  S7N 5A5
Tel. (306) 966-2056
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