Session 578: Saturday, January 10 – 3:30-4:45pm

A special session – West 214, VCC West

Democracy has long been a key concern for United States literary and cultural studies. In the last two decades alone, critics have explored this political form in relation to death, deliberation, interiority, spectacle, and spectrality. This roundtable brings together a diverse group of scholars to reflect on recent theories and to suggest directions for future work.


Gregory Laski (US Air Force Academy)


Christopher D. Castiglia (Penn State University) – “Democracy? Really?”

Jennifer Greiman (SUNY Albany) – “Paradox”

Koritha Mitchell (Ohio State University) – “Democracy, Domesticity, and Homemaking Anxiety”

Derrick R. Spires (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign) – “Fancy Sketches in the Democratic Style”

D. Berton Emerson (California Poly Pomona) – “The Good, the Bad, the Ugly: Reconciling Literary Scale and Democratic Value”

Russ Castronovo (University of Wisconsin) and Dana D. Nelson (Vanderbilt University) – “Literary Criticism in the Age of Obama”

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