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Thursday, 7:00–8:15 p.m., 5B, ACC

Rethinking the Public Reception of Midwestern Literature, Journals, and Presses

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Program arranged by the Society for the Study of Midwestern Literature. Presiding: Marilyn Judith Atlas, Ohio Univ., Athens

1. “‘English Language Colored Black’ and ‘an Inadvertant Prophet’: Reviews and Early Critical Reception of Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye, Sula, and Song of Solomon—and the Role of the Midwest,” Kristin Distel, Ohio Univ., Athens

2. “Publishing from Flyover Country: (Re)Designing the Audiences for Midwest Publications,” Patricia Oman, Hastings Coll.

3. “‘You Are a Trained Observer and There Is Nothing to Observe’: Reading Publics and David Foster Wallace’s Midwest,” Jenn Shapland, Univ. of Texas, Austin

4. “Glancing Geographically at the Reception of Toni Morrison’s Latest Novel, G-d Help the Child: Does the Midwest Still Matter?,” Marilyn Judith Atlas

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