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543. Deletion, Erasure, Cancellation: Negative Textualities

Wednesday, 11 January, 12:00 noon–1:15 p.m., Purdue-Wisconsin, Chicago Marriott

A special session

Presiding: Marjorie Luesebrink, Irvine Valley Coll., CA

Speakers: Laura All, Univ. of Virginia; Paul Benzon, Temple Univ., Philadelphia; Andrew Ferguson, Univ. of Virginia; Marjorie Luesebrink; Chuk Moran, Univ. of California, San Diego

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Session Description:

This roundtable considers practices that might collectively be termed “negative” textual operations. Bringing together a range of methods and perspectives, we intend to foster discussion of a framework in which qualities such as absence, removal, residuality, blankness, and illegibility become essential criteria for understanding textual materiality.


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