Popular Print Culture - Conference of the Society for the History of Authorship, Reading, and Publishing (SHARP)

Country: USA

City: Atlanta

Abstr. due: 01.06.2017

Dates: 03.11.17 — 05.11.17

Organizing comittee e-mail: me.makala@gmail.com

Organizers: SAMLA, Society for the History of Authorship, Reading, and Publishing (SHARP)


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.)

Conference Web-Site: https://call-for-papers.sas.upenn.edu/cfp/2017/01/29/popular-print-culture