“The New Work of Composition”

Looks like I’m headed to the 2008 Thomas R. Watson Conference, themed “The New Work of Composition,” in October. I found out a few days ago that my proposal, titled “Ann Coulter, Discourse, Desire, and Dignity: Figuring Words that Wound in the Liberal/Libidinal Blogosphere,” was accepted. The conference is in Louisville, a 9 hour drive from State College, which isn’t bad, considering a week ago I made a 14 hour drive to Long Beach for the American Comparative Literature Association Conference.

But next year, I’m backing off from the travel. Three national conferences, a trip to Europe, two campus visits, and two trips to visit friends is a bit too much in one school year.

On another note, what was I thinking when I wrote that title? It’s ridiculously long.

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3 Responses to “The New Work of Composition”

  1. collin says:

    Congrats! The panel I proposed got accepted, too. Given the star power of the keynotes, though, I might have gone even if we hadn’t…

    I forget my paper title, but our panel? “The New Play of Composition”


  2. Eric Stoller says:

    It reminds me of the scene in Return of the Jedi when Darth Vader inspects Luke’s lightsaber and says that his skills are complete. You have created an amazingly long title which will now be published in a conference schedule book. Your skills are complete ๐Ÿ˜‰

  3. Michael says:

    Yes, Colin, the “star” power of composition studies folks there is amazing! I am so excited to go. I also like your panel title รขโ‚ฌโ€ maybe this time I’ll be able to make your talk, unlike 4C’s, where I always seemed to sleep through it or be engaged in something else. (Always being misleading, as I’ve only been to 4C’s twice).

    Eric, you win more nerd points! Your witty nerd roll seems to have a 6 on your 20-sided dice.

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