The following is a guest post from MLA Executive Director, Rosemary Feal. Rosemary asked on Twitter yesterday if anyone would be willing to post a short guest post from her on his or her blog. I volunteered, and the rest is history. If you want to play along, you can find the 2011 MLA Convention program here [PDF]. –BC
It’s easy to cherry-pick 13 sessions for the purpose of finding plays on words, references to popular culture, use of specialized vocabulary, or titles that, well, just sound alien. Or are about aliens. Zombies, even.
What would happen if I picked 13 sessions entirely at random, I wondered? So I went to random.org and asked it to choose 13 numbers between 1 and 821 (821 was the last session number on the MLA convention program). Here’s what it came up with. Try this at home, kids, and report in!
~ Rosemary G. Feal
466. Teaching Asian American Literatures
7. German in the Life of the University: A View from the Trenches
751. Writing and Curatorship: The History of the Book
249. Career Options in Translation for Language Students
67. Modernist Transnationalism and Japanese Noh: (Mis)Translating Culture in Yeats, Pound, Konishi
345. Psychoanalysis and Love
711. Literature before the Social Sciences
449. Where Are We Now? Ecocriticism and Narrative Scholarship
31. In and out of the Archive: Biography, Autobiography, and Constructing the “Self”
457. African American Literature on the Pacific Rim
115. Sephardic Resurgence!
37. Teaching the Senior Seminar
637. Narrating Lives from East to West (1400–1700)