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Call for Papers, MLA 2018: “Thoreau and Material Culture”

Thoreau rock collection

“Thoreau and Material Culture”

Call for Papers for a guaranteed session sponsored by the Thoreau Society

Modern Language Association Annual Conference, New York City, January 4-7, 2018

How do material objects enrich our understanding of Thoreau’s literary, natural-history, and politically-minded endeavors? How might tangible things deepen our sense of the author’s work, life, and world? What insights can we gain by recovering objects associated with his work, home, and place? The Thoreau Society invites abstracts of 250 words and a brief CV by 1 March 2017.

Please send abstracts to Rochelle Johnson (

In wildness is the preservation of the world.”


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