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Liverpool DFW Conference: Last Call for Papers

David Hering has asked me to remind readers about the University of Liverpool DFW conference in July, and that the call for papers ends this weekend. Check the fine print if you had something planned but are running late.

Consider David Foster Wallace: A Conference – University Of Liverpool
29/30th July 2009

The passing of the writer David Foster Wallace in September 2008
presents not only a tragic and significant loss to the literary world,
but also an important opportunity to consider the impact and magnitude
of the remarkable body of work he leaves us. From the irreverency and
piercing social commentary of his journalism in A Supposedly Fun Thing
I'll Never Do Again and Consider The Lobster to the monumental,
sprawling majesty of his gargantuan novel Infinite Jest, Wallace's
writing is increasingly considered to be one of the most significant
literary canons of the second half of the twentieth century.

On 29-30th July, The University Of Liverpool is hosting an
international conference devoted to discussion and scholarly appraisal
of Wallace's work. Papers of 20 minutes duration are welcome on any
aspect of Wallace's fiction or non-fiction. Depending on response,
there may also be places available for non-scholars who wish to attend
the conference (although it is likely at this stage that only scholars
will be permitted to give papers).

Confirmed Keynote Speaker:

Greg Carlisle (Morehead State University, Kentucky) – Greg Carlisle is
the author of Elegant Complexity, the most extensive and detailed
published study of Wallace's novel Infinite Jest available.

Abstracts of approx. 250 words and any enquiries about the conference
should be sent to David Hering at the University of Liverpool at the
following email address: D.Hering at (replace the at with @ - Nick)
by Friday 22nd May 2009. If you feel you cannot make the abstract deadline but
are interested in attending, or if you are a non-scholar, then you should also
contact me ASAP with any enquiries.

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