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475. Why Do Literary History?

Thursday, 5 January, 10:15–11:30 a.m., Back Bay C, Sheraton

A special session

Presiding: Sharon M. Harris, Univ. of Connecticut, Storrs

Speakers: Robert Lawrence Caserio, Penn State Univ., University Park; Leonard Cassuto, Fordham Univ., Lincoln Center; Susan Mary Griffin, Univ. of Louisville; Gordon N. Hutner, Univ. of Illinois, Urbana; Deidre Shauna Lynch, Univ. of Toronto

Session Description:

To its practitioners, writing literary history appears to be all-absorbing and self-justifying. We rarely explain why it should absorb us and our readers. This roundtable brings together a diverse range of literary historians to talk about why we do literary history.


  • Genre, Theory, Method – Literary History

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