The Society for Critical Exchange
2003 MMLA Convention
7-9 November
Chicago, Illinois
New Histories of Writing
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New Histories of Writing I: Historiographies
Saturday, 8 November
8:30-10:00 a.m.
Moderator: Adrian Johns, University of Chicago
(1) Alison Rukavina, University of Alberta
 "Deleuze, Guattari and Bourdieu: Challenging the National Model in Print Culture"
(2) Damian Baca, Syracuse University and Joddy Murray, Washington State University, Tri-Cities
"Image Writing & Non-Discursive Symbolization:The Limitations of Alphacentric Historiographies"
(3) Carrie Noland, University of California, Irvine
 "Inscription as Performance"

New Histories of Writing II: Technologies

Saturday, 8 November
10:15-11:45 a.m.

Moderator: Jeffrey Masten, Northwestern University
(1) Anne Trubek, Oberlin College
"Old Writing Technologies and New Histories of Writing: What Happens When the Materiality of Writing Surfaces"
(2) Lisa Kuitert, University of Amsterdam
The writer's portrait: An exploration of the influence of photography on authors and authorship in the nineteenth century"
(3) Lisette Gonzalez, University of Illinois at Chicago
"Writing the Revolution: Open Source and the Performance of a Radical Democracy"
(4) Alan Golding, University of Louisville
"Language Writing, Transitional Materialities, and Digital Poetics"

New Histories of Writing III: Laws and Crimes

Saturday, 8 November
2:15-3:45 p.m.

Moderator: Peter Friedman, Case Western Reserve University School of Law
(1) Maurizio Borghi, Università Bocconi, Istituto di Storia Economica
"Writing Practices in Privilege- and Copyright-System (On Authorship, Ownership and Freedom)"
(2) Lisa Maruca, Wayne State University
"Plagiarism(s) and Histories"
(3) William Huntting Howell, Northwestern University
"Splicing Moby-Dick: Copying, Literary Property, and the Democratic Imaginary"

New Histories of Writing IV: Forms and Rhetorics
Saturday, 8 November
4:00-5:30 p.m.

Moderator: Patricia Harkin, University of Illinois, Chicago
(1) Kate Eichhorn, Ryerson University
"Digital Analogues: Writing Histories and the Future of Writing in the Commonplace-book"
(2) Steven E. Rowe, University of Chicago
"Inscribing Power, Revising Power: Everyday Acts of Writing among the Working Classes in Nineteenth-Century France"
(4) Brian Ballentine, Case Western Reserve University
"Rhetoric and Engineering: The "Ironic" Re-emergence of Classical Aristotelian Rhetorical Conventions in the Present Day Engineering Classroom"

Keynote Address
"Rethinking Textuality in a Digital Age"-- N. Katherine Hayles

Saturday, 8 November
6:30 p.m.

Katherine Hayles, Hillis Professor of Literature at the University of California, Los Angeles, teaches and writes on the relations of literature, science and technology in the twentieth and twenty-first century. Her recent book, How We Became Posthuman: Virtual Bodies in Cybernetics, Literature, and Informatics, won the Rene Wellek Prize for the Best Book in Literary Theory for 1998-99. Her latest book, Writing Machines, won the Susanne Langer Award for Outstanding Scholarship. She is currently at work on a book entitled Coding the Signifier: Rethinking Semiosis from the Telegraph to the Computer, scheduled for completion in December 2003.





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