Outlaw Politics: MLA 2018 Special Session Proposal

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How has the concept of the outlaw been formed from legal and political traditions, both from the Anglo-American perspective and from elsewhere? Presently, how does the physical or virtual outlaw serve as a form  of resistance, dissent, and transgression in literature, media, and art? This panel solicits papers that discuss how outlaws, whether in specific texts or as a general tradition, have been appropriated and used in a specifically political context which is simultaneously intensely local and yet, through its connections to a larger international tradition, is also global in its scope.  This is a proposed Special Session for MLA 2018 (NYC, 4-7 January). Please send abstracts of 250-300 words by March 15, 2017 to Alexander L. Kaufman (akaufman@aum.edu); queries welcome.