Loyola University Chicago

Midwest Modern Language Association

Call for Papers

"Duality, Doubles and Doppelgängers"

November 14-17, 2019

Chicago, Illinois

The Midwest Modern Language Association welcomes, especially but not exclusively, proposals dealing with every aspect of this year’s theme “Duality, Doubles and Doppelgängers.”  We invite individual papers, as well as proposals for full panels.    

From the invention of writing to the society of simulation, doubles have been present in literatures and cultures throughout the ages. Whether in the form of alter egos, twins, doppelgängers, reflections, or look-alikes, doubles fascinate – in everyday life and culture as well as in literature.  As Pirandello confirmed in One, No One and One Hundred Thousand, there are as many versions of one single person as there are others’ eyes looking on, perceiving, reflecting and judging. Individual and social worlds are comprised of a myriad of doubles.

Topics could include, but are by no means limited to:

  • Doubles, doppelgängers, twins, mirror images, reflections in world literature(s);
  • Identity, transcultural identity, transgender identity, psychology studies, cultural studies, literary criticism, gender studies;
  • Duality in pedagogy, doubles in the classroom (the professor’s persona, teaching Gothic and other generic doubles and duplicities, the student-teacher relationship/dichotomy, teaching with various methods, digital teaching, hybrid and on-line teaching vs face-to-face);
  • Double-meanings (linguistics, semantics, multiple interpretations);
  • Duality of texts and parataxis
  • Double entendre: humor, jokes, dark humor, all aspects of laughter (laughter as a social construct, laughter as a cultural construct);
  • Chicago, the Second City;
  • Literal/metaphorical; Transnational/ global/local
  • Translations and translators (translating double meaning, cross-cultural interpretation, choosing the right word, translating the word vs translating the idea);
  • Reproductions, mass productions, copies, reproducing the written word (printing press, mimeograph, electric pen, consumerism, capitalism).

Please visit our website to see deadlines and requirements for proposal submissions at the following link:



Proposals from faculty and graduate students may be for:

1) Special Sessions related to the conference theme:

Special Sessions do not require a full slate of papers, but instead, if accepted, assume that the session organizer (who may also give a paper) will serve as panel chair. Accepted Special Session Calls for Papers are posted on the MMLA website and will require that the organizer receive proposals directly and vet them to build the full panel.

Special Session Calls for Papers should include the following information: organizer name, contact information, session title, and a Call for Papers indicating the organizer's preferred proposal length and deadline of April 15th for proposal submissions.

Special Session Calls for Papers are due February 20th via e-mail to mmla@luc.edu. Individual proposals to Special Sessions are then due to their organizers April 15th.

2) Permanent Sections of the MMLA that organize panels annually:

Permanent Sections are typically tied to some version of the conference theme. Proposals to Permanent Sections are due to their organizers April 5th

3) Complete Panels or Individual Papers that do not tie into the conference theme.

Submissions should include the following information: presenter name, institutional affiliation, e-mail address, paper title, a 250-word abstract, and a CV.

Proposals for Complete Panels should be submitted together as a unit.

Individual Papers that are accepted will be grouped into sessions; as a result, to facilitate scheduling please identify up to three of the following categories in which your paper may be most usefully placed:

American literature, Comparative Studies, English Literature, Francophone Literatures, Hispanophone Literatures, Genre Studies, German Literature, Interdisciplinary Approaches, Italian Literatures, Teaching, Medieval, Renaissance/Early Modern, Eighteenth Century, Nineteenth Century, Twentieth Century, Contemporary Literature, Colonial, Postcolonial, Travel, the Midwest.

Individual Paper and Complete Panel proposals are due April 30th via e-mail to mmla@luc.edu.

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Proposals from undergraduate students will be considered for the Undergraduate Symposium by the program committee.  

Undergraduate submissions should include the following information: presenter name, institutional affiliation, e-mail address, paper title, the Faculty mentor's name, and a 250-word abstract.

Proposals for the Undergraduate Symposium are due April 30th via e-mail to mmla@luc.edu.


While the MMLA welcomes papers across languages and literatures, proposals must be in English unless submitted to a Permanent Session that stipulates proposals are welcome in languages other than English.

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Each Fall issue of the Journal of the Midwest Modern Language Association will be devoted to papers that build upon the conference theme from the previous year; the Fall 2020 issue will thus extend “Duality, Doubles and Doppelgängers.” Fall issue submissions are due by April 15 after each convention.