Deadline for submissions: June 1, 2017
Full name/name of organization: Society for the History of Authorship, Reading, and Publishing (SHARP)
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Papers are invited for the SHARP affiliate session at the 2017 South Atlantic Modern Language Association (SAMLA) Convention. Potential topics include print culture, history of the book, authorship, publishing history, ephemera, illustration, publishers’ archives, production, circulation, and reception. Papers addressing this year’s convention theme,“High Art/Low Art Borders and Boundaries in Popular Culture,” are especially welcome. What connections can be made between print culture/book history and the diverse world of popular culture? How has print culture reflected popular taste from the early modern world to the present?

Possible topics include:

Genre fiction

Sensation fiction

Science fiction


Ghost stories

Historical fiction/fantasy

Pulp fiction

Detective fiction/thrillers

Adventure fiction


Popular magazines


Romance novels (Mills & Boon, etc.)

Reprint libraries

Dime novels

Penny dreadfuls

Ephemera (postcards, pamphlets, broadsides, advertising, etc.)

The evolving study of middlebrow writing

The borderlands of popular print culture (historical, geographical, etc.)

The 89th annual SAMLA Convention will be held November 3-5, 2017 at the Westin Peachtree Plaza in Atlanta, Georgia. Proposers need not be members of SHARP to submit, but panelists must be members of both SAMLA and SHARP in order to present. By June 1, 2017, please send a 350-word abstract and short biography (together in one document) to SHARP at SAMLA liaison Dr. Melissa Edmundson Makala at