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Morris in New York City: MLA 2018 

The Modern Language Association Convention will be held in New York City 4-7 January, 2018. Friday January 5th will be a full day, with two sessions at the Sheraton Hotel, followed by a tour of an exhibition of Pre-Raphaelite materials at the Morgan Library and our annual dinner. Free session passes are available for non-MLA members, and if you would like one, please let Jason Martinek know before the convention at jasondmartinek@gmail.com

“The Pre-Raphaelites and the Morgan Library,”

Organized by Paul Acker, is scheduled for 1:45-3:00 p. m. in the Sutton Place Room at the Sheraton. The topics and speakers are: 

  • “Utopia under Construction: News from Nowhere in he Pierpoint Morgan Library,” Meaghan Feeman, Manhattanville College 
  • “Finders, Eyes, and Sympathy’: The Kelmscott Chaucer Platinotypes,” Heather Bozant Witcher, St. Louis University 
  • “The Pierpoint Morgan Library as Pre-Raphaelite Archive,” Paul L. Acker, St. Louis University 

“Objectifying Morris,”

The official William Morris Society session, will be held 3:30-4:45 in the Bowery Room, Sheraton. The speakers will be: 

  • “Materially Relational: William Morris and the Hybrid Literary Object,” Rachel A. Ernst, Boston College 
  • “William Morris’s Interior Design Creations and His Love of Mythology,” Corinna Margarete Illingworth, independent scholar 
  • “Where Have All the Manuscripts Gone? Morris’s Autographs in Diaspora,” Florence S. Boos, University of Iowa 
  • Respondent: Andrew Wood, University of California 

5:00-6:00 p. m. Viewing of an Exhibition of Pre-Raphaelite Materials at the Morgan Library, prepared by the curators for the William Morris Society 

7-9 p. m. On Friday evening we plan a group dinner at Johns of 12th Street. All are welcome to join! If you plan to attend, please let Jason Martinek jasondmartinek@gmail.com know by January 1st,