MLA 2017 Sessions, our Annual Meeting, and a Library Visit

The Dandelion Pub, where we will convene for our meeting & lunch. Image by Karrisa Olsen.

Please join us at the Modern Language Association 2017 Annual Convention, 5-8 January, Philadelphia for one Morris Society sponsored session, and one co-sponsored session.

Non-MLA members may obtain a guest pass; to arrange this, please contact Linda Hughes,
421A. Craft and Design in Literary Study: The Legacy of William Morris
Friday, 6 January5:15–6:30 p.m., 202A, Pennsylvania Convention Center 
Presiding: Jason Martinek, New Jersey City Univ.
1. “The Ecology of Pleasure: Craft and Design in the Work of Ruskin and Morris,” Balázs Keresztes, Eötvös Loránd Univ.
2. “‘A Thoughtful Sequence’: Text as Tapestry in William Morris’s News from Nowhere,” Lindsay Wells, Univ. of Wisconsin, Madison
3. “H.D. and William Morris: ‘There Was Comfort in the Table,'” Sara Dunton, Univ. of New Brunswick, Fredericton
Responding: Meghan Freeman, Manhattanville Coll.

489. Useful and Beautiful: William Morris and the Art of the Book
Saturday, 7 January10:15–11:30 a.m., 112A, Pennsylvania Convention Center 
Presiding: Jane Carlin, Univ. of Puget Sound Library
1. “Pocket Cathedrals and Private Presses: Decorated Books as Architecture and the Medieval Inheritance of William Morris’s Arts and Crafts Aesthetic,” Brandiann Molby, Loyola Univ., Chicago
2. “Enlargements: Technology and William Morris’s Typefaces,” Anna Wager, Univ. of Washington, Seattle
3. “Reading Celia Levetus,” Rebecca N. Mitchell, Univ. of Birmingham
Responding: Jane Carlin

The US William Morris Society will also host an off-site Event on Saturday, January 7 directly after our MLA session we invite all interested Morrisians to walk (20 minutes) or cab to The Dandelion (, a British gastropub where we will have reserved a quiet space for an informal gathering and fulfillment of Annual Meeting duties.

After lunch we will proceed to the Free Library (a 15 minute walk), for a 2:30 pm show and tell hosted by Janine Pollock, Head, Rare Book Department, and Derick Dreher, John C. Haas Director, Rosenbach Museum and Library.

Maximum for Free Library visit is 20 persons. Please rsvp to Jason Martinek to hold a spot (

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