2006 M\MLA Annual Convention

November 9-12, Chicago, Illinois

Thursday, November 9, 2006


1. President’s Forum: “How I Learned to Love the Low,” organized by MMLA President Kevin J. H. Dettmar

8:00-9:30 p.m. (Parlor B)

Mary Ellen Lamb, Southern Illinois Univ.

Janet Lyon, Penn State Univ.

David Chinitz, Loyola Univ. Chicago

Mary Ellen Lamb is Professor of English at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Her most recent book, The Popular Culture of Shakespeare, Spenser and Jonson (Routledge, 2006), explores traces of fairy tales and other fictions circulating in an oral culture shared among women and children, as they once shaped the narrative act of canonical Renaissance texts.

Janet Lyon is Associate Professor of English at Pennsylvania State University. Her first book, Manifestos: Provocations of the Modern (Cornell, 1999) explored the promotional activities of modernist writers in the early decades of the twentieth century; her current project examines the roles of modernist literary salons in the formation of alternative public (and literary) spheres.

David Chinitz is Associate Professor of English at Loyola University Chicago. His book T. S. Eliot and the Cultural Divide (U of Chicago P, 2003) heralded a reassessment of Eliot's complex relationship to the popular culture of his day. Chinitz is currently at work on a study of Langston Hughes, authenticity, and compromise.

2. Nightcaps Cash Bar

9:30-10:30 p.m. (Parlor B)

Celebrating the opening of the convention and the evening’s forum