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50 Years after the Civil Rights Act: Post-Black but not Post-Race
How does being 50 years removed from the Civil Rights Act affect the politics of the question, as Fred Moten asks,’hat will blackness be?’ What does this distance from such legislation do to our interrogation of the tensions between the fluidity & freedom of blackness in this moment and the enduring conditions undermining post-racialism? Given both the Civil Right Act & the fraught relationship between law and blackness in the US, how do we think post-Black(ness, Arts)/soul? Please send 200-300 word abstract and CV to jag525@cornell.edu
America’s Mythic Landscapes and Iconic Places: Human/Nature Intersections
This panel will explore the mythic and iconic qualities of landscapes in American literature, especially as created, reinforced, or deconstructed by that literature. Places treated may be rural, wild, regional, or urban, as long as they examine human/nature intersections as constituents of place. Preference given to papers that theorize ecocritically about the formation of mythic landscapes in the individual, regional, or cultural mind. Please email abstracts of 250 - 500 words to bothnchairs: mrye@fdu.edu and kwaldron@coa.edu.
The Antihero Mirror™: George Saunders’s Gift to America (Roundtable)
This roundtable will examine the visionary fiction of George Saunders. In particular, we will discuss Saunders’s four collections of short fiction in terms of its spins and innovations in satire; his pyrotechnics of hopeful, dramatic irony; and his reinvention(s) of the antihero. Please send 300-500 word abstracts and brief biographical statements via email to Catherine Dent, dent@susqu.edu.
Arthur Miller: An American Gadfly
Public debate today reveals an inherent tension between competing visions of American ideals. This tension is not new, and among our dramatists, perhaps no one explored it more deeply than Arthur Miller. This panel invites papers on depictions of American ideals in Miller’s life and works and the ways in which his characters struggle to make these often incompatible ideals coherent parts of their lives. Proposals of no more than 300 words should be emailed to David Palmer, Massachusetts Maritime Academy: dpalmer@maritime.edu.
Assimilation and Vice in American Literature
How have forms of vice been portrayed in American assimilation narratives? Are they seen as an alternative means toward proper citizenry or as a distraction? Moreover, what is at stake in narratives that seemingly argue that forms of vice are just as viable a means of assimilation as the virtues of hard work and persistence? Please submit 250 word abstracts to Francisco Delgado at Francisco.Delgado@stonybrook.edu.
Bodies in Place: Disability and the Environment in American Literature
This panel seeks a broad range of papers exploring how disability challenges normative constructions of the body-environment dyad. For example, how does disability-centered American literature negotiate the relationship between embodiment and emplacement? How might literature by people with disabilities contribute to a more inclusive ecocriticism? How might we re-examine ‘canonical’ American environmental literature through a disability studies lens? Please submit a 250-300 word abstract and brief bio to Matthew Cella at mjcella@ship.edu.
Capturing the Immigrant Experience: Latina/o Identity in Flux
The negotiation of Latina/o identities requires an understanding of ethnicities, language(s), religion(s), social class, gender, as well as the psychology of one’s own and others’ ideologies. How do Latino/a authors represent their complex worlds while capturing the immigrant experience where each character must negotiate his/her identity markers to claim ‘self-recognition’? Papers that address any aspect of Latino/a identity in narrative, poetry or theatre are welcome for this panel. Please send abstracts to: ksanchez@georgian.edu
Civil War Poetry: A Poetry of Reconciliation
This panel will examine the healing role publicly and/or privately American poetry played during and after the Civil War. Some poems promulgated the Union cause while others embraced reconciliation and healing, a significant accomplishment in a country torn apart with 620,000+ dead. The panel calls for papers that address the role poetry played in healing either the poet and/or the country during and after the Civil War. Beth Jensen bjensen@atnex.net
The Con in Convention: Vexing Gender in 19th-Century American Women’s Writing
How do nineteenth-century American women writers engage the space between performing idealized gender roles and affirming or challenging those roles? How do they depict the female subject who negotiates between real self and role self to navigate the world? This panel seeks essays investigating the relationship between engaging, endorsing, and repudiating restrictive gender roles in nineteenth-century American women’s literature. Please send 300-500 word abstracts and 100-word bios to Mary Ellen Iatropoulos at maryiatrop@gmail.com.
Disability in Postmodern American Literature
This panel will explore physical, mental, emotional, sexual, and social disabilities in postmodern literature. Considerations include the medical and social models of disability, and previous and current conventions of the ‘cure.’ This analysis of disabilities in postmodern literature can be combined with gender, queer theory, African American studies, postcolonial theory, and ecocriticism. Send abstracts of 300 words to Katherine Lashley, kalash08@aim.com.
The Discourses of Extra-Legal Justice in American Literature (Seminar)
This panel seeks papers that use American literature to analyze how laws--explicit or implicit, formal or informal--are enforced outside of formal legal processes. Relevant topics include lynching, modes of communal justice, reparations, revenge, the enforcement of social mores, breach of law in religious or other institutions, and the role of literature in dramatizing, creating, and/or perpetuating alternate systems of justice. Inquiries or 250-500 word abstracts (MSWord or PDF attachments) to Trinyan Mariano, tmariano908@gmail.com.
Ecofeminist Readings of 19th-Century American Women’s Fiction
How do women writing in the 19th-century represent their environments? How do they characterize their relationships with nature, if not as conquerors or explorers? And how might such relations with non-human life forms reflect strategies of empowerment or alternatives to patriarchal society? This panel will explore ecofeminist readings of 19th-century American women’s fiction, texts which illuminate some aspect of the parallel domination of women and non-human nature and/or challenges to these oppressive constructs. jrosecrans@reynolds.edu.
Embodying the Educational Experience
The 60th anniversary of Brown v. Bd. of Education reminds us that education is an embodied experience despite American allegiances to the Cartesian separation of mind and body. Papers for this panel should consider how texts/visual images represent the intersection of embodiment and the educational experience. Papers may analyze representations of student or teacher experiences, from the forced schooling of Native Americans to responses to integration, or representations of academia. Please send 250-500 word abstracts to kortega@uccs.edu.
Ethnicity and Affect in American Literatures
This panel will read ethnic American literature and consider how writers use experimental modes of characterization and narration to create new senses of ethnicity for a multicultural United States. Readings will pay attention to characters’ struggles with group identification. How do readers experience the emotions of characters, and can these expressions contribute to a particular atmosphere (for better or worse) surrounding a literary text? Are the emotions gendered or racially defined? If so, how or why? rodrigues.laurie@gmail.com
Figurations of Solitude and Loneliness in American Literature
From Thoreau’s cultivation of spiritual solitude to Bharati Mukherjee’s representations of American immigrants’ loneliness in their attempts to negotiate new identities in America, American identity in our literature has often been imagined in terms of intentional solitude on the one hand, and the experience of loneliness and isolation on the other. We seek papers from any critical perspective that explore the dimensions of solitude and loneliness in American literature. Send 250-word abstracts to Dr. Sean Kelly at sean.kelly@wilkes.edu
The Folklore of the River
This panel will investigate the folklore of the Susquehanna River. Topics may include jokes, tales, foodways, festivals/celebrations, folk art, folk music, occupational folklore, urban legends, etc. While history and economy are clearly important aspects of river life, this panel is more concerned with cultural lifestyle and expression. Please send 250-500 word abstracts to James Reitter (james.reitter@dc.edu).
The Future of Black Studies: Past and Present
Black Studies has reentered the lexicon of academics in the recent years more prominently. This panel explores the intellectual, cultural, historical, literary, and political weight behind five words recently spoken by Sabine Broeck: ‘Black Studies is Humanities Studies.’ How can the critical interventions being made by critics working within black studies inform, reinvigorate, and disrupt broader critical debates within the Humanities? Please send 300-500 word abstracts and brief biographical statements to Diego Millan, diego.millan@tufts.edu.
High Water Mark of War: The Battle of Gettysburg in Fiction and Film
Often regarded by scholars as one of the major turning points in the United States Civil War, the Battle of Gettysburg has attained an iconic status in American literature and culture. This panel will address the question of what actually happened at Gettysburg and how those events were reshaped over time to create distinct ‘legacies’ of that battle and the war of which it was a part. Film scholars are encouraged to submit proposals for this panel. Papers that examine the civilian experience of the battle are also sought. jcasey3@uic.edu.
Identifying and Configuring the Conceived Self
This panel explores passing for something as a literary genre. The selected papers will delve into the many different characterizations of passing that involve race, ethnicity, social class, gender, intelligence, age or disability, and venture into the social forces (including ruse) that construct to obtain acceptance. They will include issues of involuntary choice and existential pathos. The panel highlights representations of passing for something as counterfeit and/or inauthenticity. Please submit abstracts to jserran2@utk.edu.
Imagining the World’s End: Apocalyptic Representations in American Literature
This panel investigates representations of the apocalypse and welcomes submissions from contemporary American literature or analysis of film adaptations. The focus of this panel is to investigate why the apocalypse continues to be increasingly depicted in fiction and what accounts for the mainstream appeal of this genre; a popularity that is especially demonstrated by the commercial success of The Hunger Games and The Walking Dead. Send 250-300 word abstracts to Brittany_Hirth@my.uri.edu.
The Industrial Muse in America: Creative Readings, Critical Reflections (Roundtable)
This roundtable will combine readings by creative writers on work about industrial life or de-industrialization with critical papers on American writers (all periods)who have written on these themes. Some of the questions we will ask are: How do writers represent the toll of industrial life on workers and families? How do critics,generally from the middle class, interpret the grimy depictions of industry? Handouts or audio visual materials are encouraged. Proposals to Michelle M. Tokarczyk, Goucher College, M_Tokarczyk@comcast.net.
Law and Legal Figures in Twentieth Century Ethnic American Fiction
This session will explore representations of law in twentieth century ethnic American fiction. How do ethnic American writers deploy aspects of law in their works, and to what ends? Potential topics might include legal and literary constitutions of identity; flexibility and/or rigidity of legal discourse in literature; representations of judges, lawyers, legislators, victims, perpetrators, witnesses, etc. Please send 300-500 word abstracts to Rebecca Nisetich (rebecca.nisetich@uconn.edu).
Like One of the Family: Domestic Workers, Race, and In/Visibility in The Help
This panel seeks papers that examine relationships between blacks and whites against the backdrop of the burgeoning Civil Rights movement as depicted in Kathryn Stockett’s The Help and its subsequent 2011 film version. Comparisons between Stockett’s novel and other works written either during or after the Civil Rights movement are encouraged as are examinations of the specific relationships between African-American domestic workers and white families in the U.S. South. Please send 300-500 word abstracts to <fionacmills@gmail.com>
Lingering Apparitions in Pennsylvania Fiction
This panel seeks to explore the theme of lingering apparitions, of slavery, of the dead, of the past, etc., in fiction by and about Pennsylvanians. Possible works include, but are not limited to, David Bradely’s The Chaneysville Incident, Tawni O’Dell’s Backroads, any of John O’Hara work set in the the anthracite coal region, or more contemporary work such as that of Stephen Raleigh Byler. Send 250 word abstracts to Jerry Wemple and Tina Entzminger at bentzmin@bloomu.edu
Literary Marketplaces
How do contemporary texts reflect on the postmodern integration of art into the marketplace? How do texts from earlier moments shed light on the place of the aesthetic within the market? This panel will examine texts that reflect on markets and the marketing of literature and other forms of art. It will be especially interested in papers addressing texts that depict literary or other art markets while also reflecting on those texts’ positions in the literary marketplace. Please send 250-500-word abstracts to Stephen Hock, shock@vwc.edu.
Literature as Pulpit: The Bible and Nineteenth-Century Women Writers
Direct references and allusions to Christianity or the Bible are an integral part of much nineteenth-century literature. This panel takes seriously this oft-neglected aspect of women’s writing. Papers will likely explore questions such as how did women use Biblical allusions to advance stories or causes, how did they make scriptures relevant to contemporary society, or how did they use literature to comment on and take part in shaping religious doctrines and practices. Please send 250 word abstracts to Amy Easton-Flake aeastonflake@live.com
Locating the Gothic: American Gothic and its Local Variations
How does the Gothic transmit, transform, and transcend the realities of locality? This panel seeks to explore possible regional variations on the Gothic genre in America. Is there such a thing as ‘Pennsylvania Gothic’? ‘Mid-Atlantic Gothic’? Or are they subsumed under ‘New England Gothic’ and ‘American Gothic’? In light of NEMLA’s conference location, the panel organizer has a preference for papers that focus on Pennsylvania specifically, but Northeastern U.S. or American Gothic more generally will also be considered. Bridget_Marshall@uml.edu.
Longfellow Revisited: Towards a Scholarly Re-Appraisal
This panel seeks papers that examine Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s writing (poetry, prose, letters, etc.) and place in the American literary canon. The panel welcomes papers on Longfellow’s major works, such as Evangeline: A Tale of Acadie (1847) or The Song of Hiawatha (1855), as well as lesser known poetry collections and works in prose. Diverse perspectives and interpretive frameworks are encouraged. The panel eagerly looks for next directions in Longfellow scholarship. Email: jhotz@esu.edu.
Make It New: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Teaching the Harlem Renaissance
This panel will explore pedagogical approaches to teaching the Harlem Renaissance across multi-disciplines. Proposals on any aspect of the Harlem Renaissance topic will be considered. However, papers that focus on cultural workers -- visual artists, creative writers, musicians and scholars -- as instrumental in creating a distinct aesthetic are highly encouraged. Please send a 500-word abstract to Fran L. Lassiter (flassite@mc3.edu). Please include your name, academic affiliation, and contact information.
Maternal Absence in Modern American Southern Fiction
This panel welcomes proposals that examine the significance of substitute mothers and mothering in modern American Southern Gothic fiction. How do counterfeit maternal presences in these post-World War II narratives inform our understanding of the cultural role of mothers in a modern America? Do these maternal hauntings alter or confirm our understanding of the Gothic mode as a form of resistance to cultural norms? Please send 250 – 300 word abstracts to Lynne Evans <Lynne.evans@dal.ca>
The Mosaic of the Jewish American Experience (Roundtable)
Jewish American literature has moved from assimilation and acculturation (Cahan and Yezierska) to scepticism and writing from within the tradition (Bellow, Malamud, Roth, Potok and Ozick). Today we see an increasing number of diverse voices in Jewish American literature that invite new scholarly perspectives and paradigms in Jewish American literary study. This roundtable welcomes abstracts that explore the qualities of this mosaic. Send to: Sanford Marovitz <smarovit@kent.edu> and Daniel Walden <dxw8@psu.edu>
Mothers Beyond Borders: Immigrant Mothers in Literature (Roundtable)
This roundtable session explores representations of mothering and motherhood in immigrant literature. How is mothering and motherhood shaped by national belonging, exclusion, and immigrant ambivalence? How do immigrants practice mothering in the wake of war, exile, racism, and other traumatic circumstances? How does the literature of immigrant experience respond to cultural, legal and historical constructions of motherhood? Please send a 300-500 word proposal to jdymond@springfieldcollege.edu.
Narrating Trauma in the Iraq Wars (Seminar)
The physical and emotional traumas of the wars in Iraq haunt the narratives of the soldiers who write about them. These traumas may manifest themselves in a myriad of ways and are rooted both in the universal experience of fighting in a war and in the particulars of the wars in Iraq. Please send 250-word abstracts and a one-page CV to Zivah Perel Katz, Queensborough Community College, CUNY at zkatz@qcc.cuny.edu and Dave Kieran, Franklin and Marshall College at david.kieran@fandm.edu.
Narrative, Capital, and the Biosocial
This panel will discuss a wide variety of narratives to limn their interaction with theories of biopower and biosociality. We aim to ask how sovereignty both wants to and fails to produce certain understandings of bodies, especially during different turns of capitalism. We welcome papers especially on recent American narratives, but papers touching on these issues in earlier American literature or beginning/situated in other places are welcome. Please send 250-500 word abstracts to Jeff Gonzalez at biosocialquestionsatNEMLA@gmail.com.
Pageants, Tableaux, Sideshows: American Theatricals on the Page, Stage & Street
How does the theatrical cut across American literary genres and unite the popular with more elite forms of cultural expression? How may we read the phenomena of the tableau vivant, the literary pageant, suffrage pageants and parades, and minstrelry in and of themselves and in literary restagings of them in any genre? Papers focusing on late nineteenth-century and early twentieth-century historical examples as well as on more contemporary works that address or incorporate these theatrical motifs are welcome. Send abstracts to gilmores@ccsu.edu.
Pennsylvania and American Modernist Poetry
In honor of NeMLA’s host state, this panel explores the vital yet unexamined role of Pennsylvania as a hothouse for American modernist poetry. Major poets including Wallace Stevens, H.D., Ezra Pound, Marianne Moore, and William Carlos Williams were born, lived, or attended university in the Keystone State. How did they represent the state, and how did this particular place frame their individual poetics and modernism more widely? Send 250 word proposals to Kelly C. MacPhail, McGill University, kelly.macphail(at)mail.mcgill.ca
Pennsylvania Wrters
Pennsylvania has a history of writing that extends back to colonial times, and this panel looks to explore those writers associated with the state. Proposals are welcome on well-known writers – such as O’Hara, Updike, and August Wilson – but also less known writers such as Frank Webb, George Lippard, and David Bradley. mtw1@psu.edu.
Post-9/11 Novels of American Im/Emigration
How is the reality of post-9/11 America being captured in contemporary immigrant stories? Are contemporary authors telling stories of American immigration, exile, or both simultaneously? This panel seeks to elucidate the ways in which 9/11 and its lingering aftermath is figured in recent immigrant fiction while examining themes and trends emerging in this growing body of literature. Please send inquiries or 250-500 word abstracts (preferably MSWord or PDF attachments) to Katie Daily-Bruckner, dailym@bc.edu.
Pseudonymous and Anonymous Authorship in American Literature
This panel seeks new ventures in pseudonymous and anonymous authorship in American literature to 1920. Paper proposals can work with any topic tethered to the nom de plume or the unnamed author, including the creation of pseudonyms, the life of a pseudonym, cultures of anonymity, pseudonyms and gender, a writer’s multiple authorial personae, investigations into ‘real authors,’ transatlantic and transnational pseudonyms, anonymity in American and Anglo critical literature, and so on. Send 250-word abstracts to Keat Murray, at murray@calu.edu.
Questions of Form: Asian American Literature in the 21st Century
What kinds of formal innovations characterize Asian American literatures of the 21st century? As contemporary Asian American literary production moves away from the tropes, genres, and formal characteristics that have been identified as ‘Asian American,’ how do critics read and teach these texts? Essays addressing questions of form, experimentation, the literary marketplace, non-essentialist reading, and the disarticulated relationship between race and representation are particularly welcome. 1-page abstracts, c.v.s, to tina.chen@psu.edu
Race and Reception
This panel will examine U.S. race relations and ethnic identity through the lens of literary reception. How do communities of readers overlap or stray beyond communities of race? How have reviewers, reading clubs, and classrooms played a part in the social construction of race? Special consideration will be given to papers on cross-racial patterns of reading and misreading. Please send 250-500 word abstracts to Luke Dietrich, laz55@unh.edu, with ‘Race and Reception’ in subject line.
Race, Sex, Class, and Bawdy-House Life in 19th Century America
This panel examines bawdy-house life and customs during an era of increased anxiety over race, sex, class, immigration, expansion, urbanization, and industrialization throughout the 19th century as reflected in literary texts, illustrated magazines, plays, and photography. Topics can include: miscegenation, disease, urbanization, politics, temperance, manners, prostitution, abolition, religion, and sporting life. Send 1-page abstract and brief bio as Word attachment to Rebecca Williams, rebelwill7@gmail.com, with’eMLA 2014’ in subject line.
Re-engaging Charles Brockden Brown
This panel re-engages with Charles Brockden Brown, one of America’s earliest novelists and a literary icon in Pennsylvania. As a practitioner of experimental writing that anticipates much of post-structural and post-colonial thought, Brown forces us to question how ‘contemporary’ these critical frameworks truly are. His shift toward conservatism, his later interrogations of History, and his importance as a particularly ‘American’ voice (praised by Hawthorne and Poe alike) makes Brown a figure worthy of continued study. MJBlouin@milligan.edu.
Reassessing James Baldwin
This panel presents fresh critical perspectives on James Baldwin’s works, life, and social and political activism. Potential topics include, but are not limited to: sexual/racial/national identity, identity politics, religion, civil rights movement, Baldwin’s artistic and political legacy. Please send 250-500 word abstracts and brief biographical statements to Cigdem Usekes at usekesc@wcsu.edu.
Redefining American History and Identity through the Novels of Toni Morrison (Roundtable)
This roundtable examines critical and creative treatments of any Toni Morrison novel. Presentations will essentially explore novels by Morrison that expand and challenge accepted ideas of American history and identity. Proposals on any Morrison novel will be considered, but presentations cannot exceed 10-minutes because of the roundtable format. Please send a 500-word abstract to Fran L. Lassiter (flassite@mc3.edu). Also include your name, academic affiliation, and contact information.
Reflections on American Jewish Literature: A Roundtable with Daniel Walden (Roundtable)
Speakers are sought to engage in dialogue with audience and Daniel Walden (b. 1922), founding editor of Studies in American Jewish Literature (1975-2011) and pivotal figure in the American Jewish literary criticism and study. This roundtable is an opportunity to provide a review of the field’s formative years and a preview of its shape for years to come. Contact Simon J. Bronner, Pennsylvania State University, sbronner@psu.edu.
Relocating Andrea Lee
This panel seeks papers that address Andrea Lee’s use of transnational locations, figures, and legacies to interrogate U.S. racial constructs in the post-Civil Rights and (post-)Cold War eras. Lee’s juxtapositions often lead to disturbances, disruptions, or discomfort, and this panel invites papers that address the ways in which the transnational relationships in her work complicate and disrupt domesticated versions of race. Please send a 300-word abstract and a C.V. to Shaundra Myers at shaun.myers8@gmail.com.
Scenes of Violence from WWII to the present
This panel seeks papers on the ways that violence is represented in literature, theatre, or film from WWII to the present. How do contemporary artists stage or visualize violence, and does such staging encourage or discourage violence? How are bodies and subjects construed as vulnerable? What ethical problems are raised in staging violence? Do artists imagine possibilities for transformation and healing? I am especially interested in studies of gender-based violence. Please submit 250-500 word abstracts to Glynis Carr at gcarr@bucknell.edu.
Slave Narratives
This panel seeks fresh approaches to the slave narrative through the lens of the relationship between white editors and the former slaves. How do these narratives portray the encounters between black slaves and white editors and characters in or outside the text? How do neo-slave narratives complicate this relationship? And how do, for example, cinematic contributions to the slave narrative by Tennessee-born director Quentin Tarantino or Valery Martin’s novel Property reframe the problem of the white editor? pbecker@fas.harvard.edu
Tender Buttons at 100: Stein’s Transatlantic Modernism
Celebrating the centenary of Gertrude Stein’s Tender Buttons, this panel invites participants to engage Stein’s work—and the work of those she influenced—in a transatlantic context. What is Stein’s relationship to the various geographies she inhabited throughout her life? What impact has Stein had throughout the modernist tradition? Papers about any of Stein’s poetry or prose will be considered, as will those that contextualize other modernists with Stein’s influence. Please submit 300-word abstracts to Wade Linebaugh at wal209@lehigh.edu.
‘The Green Breast of the New World’: Visions of America’s Promise
This session welcomes papers or presentations on visions of America, the American Dream, and the American landscape. As Nick Carraway describes at the end of The Great Gatsby, America has held promise for generations of dreamers. Even though we are drawn back ‘ceaselessly into the past,’ we continue to lay our dreams on America’s shores. How has an understanding of the Dream changed? Any exploration of questions surrounding the myth and reality of the American Dream--from early explorers to current immigrants--is welcome. kim.long@delval.edu.
‘Total Theater’: Drama and Discourse From Civil Rights to Black Arts Movement
When he heard the news about the assassination of Malcolm X at Audubon Theater, Amiri Baraka (then LeRoi Jones)thought that the entire world had changed for him, indefinitely. The date was February 21, 1965. It marked the beginning of a new era during which the Black audiences responded to the spirit of Black Arts Movement ın a variety of genres but particularly in performance arts. The ‘instant theatre’ - in Paul Carter Harrison’s words - had thus begun. Please send 250-500 word abstracts and brief biographical statements: anadolu@temple.edu
Travel in Asian-North American Literature
From the turn-of-the century travel writings of the Eaton sisters (Onoto Watanna and Sui Sin Far), to the road trip of John Okada’s No-No Boy, to the transnational travel of Lawrence Chua’s Gold By the Inch, travel has proven an important trope in Asian-North American writing. This panel invites considerations of such in Asian-North American writing of any era. Please submit brief proposals to <mkim24@buffalo.edu>
Vladimir Nabokov and the Art of Composition
This panel invites papers focused on Vladimir Nabokov and the art of composition. This panel will consider all aspects of Nabokov’s writing process, including the question of how his approach came to shape both the form and subject of his novels; his approach to revision; and the relationship of his methods to larger theories of composition. Please email a one-page abstract to Matthew Roth, Messiah College, mroth@messiah.edu.
‘We’ve Known Rivers’: Reading the River in American Literature and Culture
From Thoreau canoeing with his brother on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers to Huck and Jim rafting down the Mississippi, Langston Hughes’ knowledgeable speaker to Norman MacLean’s fly fishermen, Paul Robeson singing ‘Old Man River’ to Meryl Streep paddling down The River Wild, the river has occupied a central place in the American literary and cultural imagination. Reading these and other American rivers, then, offers us the chance to read America through them. Queries and 250-word abstracts to Ben Railton (brailton@fitchburgstate.edu).

See also under:

American: “The Mosaic of the Jewish American Experience”; “Re-engaging Charles Brockden Brown

Anglophone (Transnational & Other): “Beyond Post-Colonialism: Embeddedness in Colonial Hegemony and Re-Othering”; “Child Abuse and the Supernatural”; “Crossing Boundaries: Science in Postmodern Fiction”; “Enacting the Unspeakable-Unreal: Trauma Represented in Contemporary Narratives

British: “Literary Science: Classics, Medievals, and Early Moderns”; “Moral Philosophy and the Novel”; “The Thin End of the Wedge: Modernism in Little Magazines and Little Theatres”; “Transatlantic Encounters: Redefining Temporality in the Nineteenth Century”; “What is Literary ‘Sympathy’? Novels in the First Half of the 19th Century

Canadian: “Breaking the Chains: The Underground Railroad in Children’s Literature

Comparative Languages & Theory: “New Yorks: Literary Languages of the City

Cultural Studies and Film: “All for Love?: Family and Romance in the Hollywood Action Film”; “Conversion Narrative Redux: Health, Wealth, Travel, and Bestselling Life Writing”; “Late-20th-Century Literary and Cinematic Representations of Slavery”; “Making Art In/About/For American Cities in Crisis”; “Representing the Contemporary Youth in Teen Television Drama”; “This Man...This Monster!: Superheroes, Disability, and Struggles with Normalcy

French and Francophone: “Franco-American Women and Their ‘Hidden’ Contributions”; “Translating French/American Poetry Today

Italian: “Dante in the US: Literature, Theology, Politics”; “Illness, Disease, Trauma and Disability in Italian American Literature and Film

Pedagogy: “The Art of Reading: Theory, Practice, and Pedagogy”; “Teaching African American Literature in the Age of Obama

Spanish/Portuguese: “Vidas Nuevas, Vidas Viejas: Latinos in the Northeast

Women’s and Gender Studies: “The Adolescent Girl in Early 20th Century American Women’s Writing”; “Civil Rights Discourse in Post-Stonewall LGBTQ Texts”; “Death, Gender, and Genre: On Women and Elegy”; “Feminist Views of Masculinities”; “Girls After the Apocalypse”; “Jewish Women Writers: Witnesses to Injustice