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Submissions of Scholarship

Submissions of David Foster Wallace Scholarship and Submissions of the Scholarship of Contemporary Literature, Publishing, and Culture​ 


General Presentations: DFW Studies, Contemporary Literature and Culture

We encourage proposals considering, but not limited to: innovative/experimental literature; the future of literature and/or publishing; digital vs. traditional publishing/literature; the field of publishing in relation to contemporary literature and/or culture; and creative works exhibiting any of the above issues and/or engaging their subjects from original, committed, and humane perspectives.


Special Sessions: Applying Diverse Perspectives to David Foster Wallace

To further explore themes connecting Wallace’s work to the broad horizons of English Studies and the Humanities, we’ve introduced the following Special Sessions. Works addressing the following topics are highly encouraged (suggested works by Wallace are included in parentheses):
  • Feminism: Literature and Misogyny (e.g. Brief Interviews with Hideous Men)
  • Critical Race Theory: Privilege and Linguistic Variation (e.g. “Tense Present”)
  • Queer Theory: Sexuality and Sociality (e.g. “Adult World”)
  • Politics: Nationalism and Political Deconstruction (e.g. “9/11: View From the Midwest”)
  • Disability Studies: (Dis)Ability and Mental Illness (e.g. “Good Old Neon”)
  • Philosophy: Ethics and Empathy (e.g. "Consider the Lobster")
  • Religion: Conversion and Conformity (e.g. The Pale King)
  • Pedagogy: Teaching Language and Writing (e.g. "Authority and American Usage")