Association for Mormon Letters
CALL FOR PAPERS
The Association for Mormon Letters announces 2011 Annual Meeting, which will be held on Friday and Saturday, March 25 and 26 on the campus of Utah Valley University.
The theme for this year’s meeting is “liberating form.” In a seminal article published in the 1970s, Marden J. Clark pointed out a central paradox of creative production: that “the creative person is at once the most free and most bound of people.” As Clark wrote, “Freedom can find meaningful release, meaningful expression only in significant form.” This paradox of creativity, argued Clark, is also at play in creating a meaningful life: without plans, rules, and structure, our lives become chaotic and painful. “A glider soars, a jet plane flies, not just because the wind blows or because a motor develops a half million pounds of thrust, but because of the form of the wing it flies on.” This interplay of freedom and form is the focusing lens through which we not only create good literature but saintly lives.
We welcome submissions on this or any topic relating to Mormon literature, film, or drama. Please submit a short (2 to 3 paragraph) abstract of your paper proposal to Boyd Petersen, firstname.lastname@example.org or Margaret Blair Young, email@example.com, or on or before February 1, 2011.
In an effort to foster greater discussion and synergy, AML will this year be meeting jointly with Mormon Scholars in the Humanities on the campus of Utah Valley University. While both organizations will host and create their own sessions, we will share some plenary speakers and host joint events.