MLA BLAKE 1979
W. J. T. Mitchell of the University of Chicago will be discussion leader for the 1979 Special Session on Blake at the MLA Annual Meeting. The topic will be “Blake on Language and Writing.” Those interested in being on a panel should send Mitchell a paper of not more than fifteen pages by 30 March 1979 at the latest, sooner if possible.
The topic for the 1979 meeting of the English Romantics Group of the MLA will be “Death & Dying in the Romantics.” Papers should have a reading time of 20 minutes, and they should be submitted before 15 April to David V. Erdman, Crane Neck Point, Setauket, New York 11733.
At the next meeting of the Modern Language association of America (San Francisco, 27-30 December 1979), the Division of Literature and the Other Arts will sponsor a meeting on the subject of literary illustration. If you or any of your colleagues would like to submit a paper to be considered for inclusion on the program for this meeting, I would be very grateful for your interest and participation.
By literary illustration, the Executive Committee means visual art designed to be viewed and interpreted in conjunction with literary texts. The texts may be written in any of the languages normally represented at the MLA, and may date from any period. Medieval manuscript illuminations are no less eligible than, say, the Boydell Shakespeare Gallery or the works of Phiz. The Executive Committee does not encourage the submission of papers on pictorialist texts which are not actually illustrated.
Three or four papers will be selected for oral presentation by the authors in San Francisco. Papers should be 15-20 minutes in length, and should be submitted in full rather than in abstract. If slides are included in the presentation, please send them with the manuscript or describe them on an accompanying list. (Projection facilities will be provided at the meeting.) Papers should be sent to me at the Department of English, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87131, by April 20 (March 20 for non-members of the MLA which has some travel funds for distinguished speakers in fields other than those directly represented by the MLA (such as art history), and for speakers who reside outside the United States and Canada. The Division must request such funds no later than April 15, and is not certain to receive them). Results will be announced by May 20. HUGH WITEMEYER, UNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICO, CHAIRMAN, EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE, DIVISION OF LITERATURE AND THE OTHER ARTS, MLA.