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31. Radical Curators, Vulnerable Genres: Lost Histories of Collecting, Editing, Bibliography

Thursday, 9 January, 12:00 noon–1:15 p.m., Michigan–Michigan State, Chicago Marriott

A special session

Presiding: Meredith L. McGill, Rutgers Univ., New Brunswick

Speakers: Jessica J. Beard, Univ. of California, Santa Cruz; Alex Black, Cornell Univ.; Jane Greenway Carr, New York Univ.; Ellen Gruber Garvey, New Jersey City Univ.; Laura Helton, Univ. of Virginia; Courtney Thorsson, Univ. of Oregon

Session Description:

We will discuss approaches for reading texts and practices that do not conform to conventional literary genre but reveal the radical nature of their creators’ and readers’ activism and knowledge production. These include scrapbooks, bibliography, editorial work, and others whose precarious status as “nonliterary” forms obscures their centrality to the literary history of race and gender.


  • Genre, Theory, Method – Literary History

  • The Profession – Research and Bibliography

  • American Literature – General

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