I’m excited to be presenting some of my ongoing work on literary agency at MLA 2019 this January, on a roundtable with some of my favorite thinkers. Our panel, Bookish Transactions, has been included in the Presidential Theme, “Textual Transactions.” We’ll be thinking about digital publication from a variety of vantage points, including media studies, computational analysis, and literary sociology. It should be a fascinating conversation!

Join us on Saturday, January 5, from 12:00-1:15 in the Hyatt Regency, Crystal Ballroom C.

Panel 481: Bookish Transactions

Description: Aiming to explore publishing in an age of consolidation and digitization, this session brings together scholars who study publishing from a range of perspectives, putting into dialogue quantitative methods, media studies, literary sociology, and aesthetic analysis of individual works and careers.


  • Lee Konstantinou, University  of Maryland, College Park
  • Matthew Kirschenbaum, University of Maryland, College Park
  • N. Katherine Hayles, Duke University
  • Dan Sinykin, University of Notre Dame
  • Richard So, McGill University
  • Laura McGrath, Stanford University