CFP: Eleventh Annual Quarry Farm Symposium “Gilded Ages: Humor, Literature, and Society”

CALL FOR PAPERS: 2024 Quarry Farm Symposium on “Gilded Age Humor”

Oct 11 & 12, 2024

Elmira, New York

The Center for Mark Twain Studies is hosting its annual Quarry Farm Symposium during the Fall 2024 semester, from October 11 to October 12.  The theme for the Symposium is “Gilded Ages: Humor, Literature, and Society.”

“The ‘Brains’ that achieved the Tammany victory at the Rochester Democratic Convention” by Thomas Nast. Harper’s Weekly (Oct.21, 1871)

The annual symposium gathers scholars from various fields each year around a theme related to Mark Twain Studies or the nineteenth century more broadly and is held at the historic Quarry Farm site in Elmira, New York.

The organizers of the symposium are comprised of CMTS staff members, specifically Joseph Lemak (Director) and Matt Seybold (Scholar-in-residence).

We invite submissions on a wide range of subjects related to any aspect of the Gilded Age, including:

  • Literary humor
  • Mark Twain
  • Political Cartoons
  • Social satire
  • Periodical Humor
  • Visual Arts
  • Contemporary Representations of the Gilded Age
  • Gender, Race, Class and Gilded Age Humor
  • Nationalism, Transnationalism

Please send 200-word paper abstracts and either a CV or biographical statement to Joseph Lemak ([email protected]).