On Going Viral at the (Virtual) MLA

On Going Viral at the (Virtual) MLA 1

Mark Shaver for The Chronicle Review

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Mark Shaver for The Chronicle Review

Recently, I've had to come to grips with the fact that I've quite likely peaked. The paper that I was supposed to read at the 2009 Modern Language Association's convention went viral.

When I chose at the last minute not to attend the conference, given my lack of job interviews, insufficient travel funds, and the low salary of a visiting professor, I rewrote the paper that I had planned to present