The Symposium at the Conference on Contemporary Genre Theory and the Yale School took place on June 1, 1984, at the Center for Continuing Education on the University of Oklahoma campus in Norman. Panelists Barbara Johnson, Louis Mackey and J. Hillis Miller fielded questions for two hours from about one hundred students and scholars who had gathered to hear their remarks. Scheduled for the last day of the Conference, the Symposium gave the students an opportunity to raise questions and engage the panelists in a dialogue while allowing the panelists to respond to other papers given at the conference and to clarify or expand on their own presentations. The dynamics of this session, the clash of viewpoints and the theoretical, philosophical and political differences which emerged from this discussion made the Symposium one of the most stimulating events of the Conference.

The Symposium had not been designed by the conference...

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