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UPDATE: [American] What's Love Got to Do With It? Marriage in 20th C. American Lit. NeMLA, Buffalo, April 10-13

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Thursday, August 16, 2007 - 7:11pm
Kim Freeman

During the twentieth century in the United States, numerous factors, including feminism, late
capitalism, the increasing acceptance of interracial marriage and calls for legalizing gay
marriage, as well as conservative backlashes against these movements, have profoundly altered
the way we view marriage. While the range of topics affecting marriage as well as potential
authors studied are open, papers examining how changing ideas about ethnic, racial, religious,
and/or sexual identity affect the treatment of marriage in late twentieth-century and early
twenty-first-century American literature are especially welcome. Please email 250-500 word

CFP: [American] Crossings: Assimilation and Acculturation (9/15/07; 11/9/07)

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Thursday, August 16, 2007 - 4:36pm
Robert Allen Alexander

The Fletcher Lecture Series Committee of Nicholls State University is
pleased to announce the Second Fletcher Lecture Series Conference,
featuring a keynote address by Gerald Early, the 2007 Fletcher Lecturer.
The conference will be held November 9, 2007, on the campus of Nicholls
State University, Thibodaux, Louisiana, located in the Bayou Region of
South Louisiana (1 hour from New Orleans or Baton Rouge; 1 1/2 hours from
Lafayette).

General Subject: "Crossings: Assimilation and Acculturation"

Submission deadline: September 15, 2007 (earlier submissions encouraged)

CFP: [American] Marilynne Robinson

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Thursday, August 16, 2007 - 1:40pm
R. Scott LaMascus

CALL FOR PROPOSALS

MLA/CCL 2008

“Grace and Grand Laughter: The Christian Vision of Marilynne Robinson

CFP: [American] The History of American Bestsellers (10/31/07; collection)

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Wednesday, August 15, 2007 - 11:21am
Thomas Ruys Smith

We invite chapter proposals for an edited volume dedicated to the history
of American bestsellers.
 
We encourage a wide range of approaches, but chapters should be written in
a style accessible to students and non-academic readers. In general we are
soliciting chapters that focus on an individual bestselling title; as well
as close readings, chapters might address questions of audience, reception,
historicity, marketing, paratext, etc.
 
Chapters might also focus upon a bestselling author (author as brand or as
celebrity), or serial fiction, although where an individual book is not the
chapter's focus, a case should be made for its status as an American

CFP: [American] Literature and the African Colonization Movement, 1816-1865 (09/15/07; NEMLA, 4/10/08 - 4/13/08)

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Tuesday, August 14, 2007 - 4:51pm
Joe Webb

The recent digitization of the African Repository, the official journal
of the American Colonization Society, along with a renewed effort to
rescue several nearly-abandoned texts, such as the University of
Michigan’s historical reprint of Sarah Josepha Hale’s novel Liberia, has
allowed for an explosion of scholarship in the study of the intersections
of literature and the African colonization movement. This panel seeks to
provide a discussion forum for some of the issues raised by this new
scholarly explosion. In particular, it hopes to examine, from a variety
of perspectives, the ways in which the rhetoric and propaganda of the ACS
influenced antebellum literature: from that of the

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