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Sunday, 12:00 noon–1:15 p.m., 10B, ACC

Pox Americana: The Past, Present, and Future of Epidemic Illness in American Literature

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A special session. Presiding: Rachel Conrad Bracken, Rice Univ.

1. “1721, the Year of Living Epidemically: Circumatlantic Transmission in Defoe, Mather, and Byrd,” Thomas Lawrence Long, Univ. of Connecticut, Storrs

2. “Therapeutic Citizenship in the Early American Pestilent Imaginary,” Kelly Bezio, Texas A&M Univ., Corpus Christi

3. “Caregiving and the Ethics of Citizenship,” Cristobal S. Silva, Columbia Univ.

4. “Influenza and Epidemic Temporality in Katherine Anne Porter’s Pale Horse, Pale Rider,” Rachel Conrad Bracken

For abstracts, visit https://poxamericana.commons.mla.org/.

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