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The Midwest Modern Language Association 61st annual convention will be held in Chicago November 14-17, 2019. The Margaret Atwood Society-sponsored panel will be Saturday the 16th at 1:00. The title is Duality & Doubles in the Novels of Margaret Atwood. The Treasurer of the Society, Denise Du Vernay, is chairing the panel, and Society President Karma Waltonen is presenting a paper on Alias Grace. Three other member presenters will be discussing The Handmaid’s Tale and the MaddAddam trilogy.
Registration and location information can be found here.
- Humor as Social Critique in Margaret Atwood’s Novels, Short Stories, and Poetry
Friday, 6 January
5:15–6:30 p.m., 110B, Pennsylvania Convention Center
Presiding: Eleonora Rao, Univ. of Salerno
- “The Place You Would Rather Not Know About: Bearing Witness through Humor,” Lauren Rule Maxwell, The Citadel
- “Satirical Freudianism in Margaret Atwood’s The Edible Woman,” Kate Marantz, Univ. of Massachusetts, Amherst
- “Epistolary Atwood: Humor, the Open Letter, and Readerly Communities,” Collin Campbell, Memorial Univ. of Newfoundland
Hi, all! Karma here–editor of the journal. I’d like to include some very brief reviews of Atwood’s last two projects (Catbird Vol. 1 and Hagseed) in our issue coming out next month. Anyone up for writing one? Send me a message: email@example.com.
Happy New Year!
Atwood Society dues have been lowered to $15 for members, regardless of nationality.
Paying dues gives you access to Margaret Atwood Studies, our journal–a new edition just came out!
Finally, if you’re heading to Austin for MLA, make sure you attend the MAS panel and the MAS meeting right after. Information can be found at http://atwoodsociety.org/conference-panels/.
We are finishing the transition to an electronic journal. Thus, we believe it is time to lower the dues, as production costs will soon be lower.
The executive committee has proposed annual dues of $15 for all individual members. If approved, the new dues would take effect on 1/1/16.
A link to the vote has been sent out to our email list. If you are a member of the society, but did not receive a link to the vote, email Karma at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Margaret Atwood Society Awards are named each year; nominations are invited in all categories and should be sent directly to the appropriate judge (see below).
Entries for the 2015 Awards are due by December 1st, 2015. Winners will be notified in early January. (Emailed entries should be in .docx or .pdf.)
- Best Undergraduate Essay: Mairin Barney, email@example.com
- Best Graduate Student Essay (or chapter): Lauren Rule Maxwell, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Best Article: Dunja Mohr, email@example.com
- Best Edited Collection: Sarah Petrovic, Oklahoma Wesleyan University, 2201 Silver Lake Rd, Bartlesville, OK, 74006
- Best Book: Karma Waltonen, UWP (Voorhies Hall), UC Davis, One Shields Avenue, Davis, CA, 95616
Each year, Margaret Atwood Society holds its annual business meeting during the MLA convention. This year’s MLA convention is January 3-6 in Boston, and our meeting will be held the first night of the convention, Thursday, Jan. 3. at the conference headquarters hotel (the Sheraton Boston, 39 Dalton St.) in Beacon H. The meeting begins at 8:45 p.m. Regular business includes determining the topics and chairs for future conference panel sessions, and this year our special business includes filling some officer roles.
All Society members are invited to the meeting, as are those simply interested in seeing what the Society is all about. MLA badges are not required to attend the meeting.
All are welcome to attend, meet some members, and share ideas.