Following on the writing of Hannah Arendt, Cathy Caruth’s work on trauma and narrative points to a “new history of disappearance.” This panel seeks to explore that “new history” in the context of the transnational space crafted within rhetorics of the American city in contemporary fiction. Writers like Teju Cole, Don DeLillo, and Leslie Marmon Silko expand on those rhetorics—addressing denial and moments of obsessive return—as flight, escape, and migration define their characters’ imaginative renderings of cities, once boundaries have vanished, limits are reached, the fence lines fail and open range surrounds them.
NeMLA Convention, March 21-24, 2019 in Washington, DC.
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The Society of Early Americanists 11th Biennial Conference
Hosted by The University of Oregon
Eugene, Oregon ~ February 27th to March 2nd 2019
The Eugene biennial will be the SEA’s first on the West Coast. It will include sessions and talks exploring how the Pacific Rim and the Northwest are significant for Early American Studies.
The University of Oregon is a flagship research university with 23,600 students. Eugene is a city of 160,000 known for its organic agriculture, food, beer, and wine industries, and as “Track Town USA” for its history of famous athletes and championship meets.
Call for papers for a roundtable at the 2019 Northeast Modern Language Association conference in Washington, D.C., March 21-24, 2019.
Deadline for Submission: September 30, 2018.
This panel will explore whether global city fiction is a viable category for global Anglophone fiction, and if so, whether the genre can facilitate revisions of dominant concepts in postcolonial or global studies.
In her groundbreaking book titled Women in the Nineteenth Century, Margaret Fuller suggests a remedy for the degradation of work for women stating, “Women are the best helpers of one another” (117). Fuller’s statement has reflections in many works written at the end of the nineteenth century such as Elizabeth Stuart Phelps, The Silent Partner (1871), Alcott’s Work (18739, and Blake’s Fettered for Life (1874) all of which focus on sisterhood, solidarity, and feminine bond among women across class, race, and nationality as a survival mechanism within capitalist economy.
Stephen King Area
2019 PCA/ACA Annual National Conference
Washington D.C.: Wednesday, April 17th-Saturday, April 20th
Leslie Fiedler describes American fiction as “bewilderingly and embarrassingly, a gothic fiction… a literature of darkness and the grotesque in a land of light and affirmation” (Love and Death in the American Novel, 29). However, for settlers within the early colonies and citizens of the young republic, the wilderness of the supposed New World not only represented material promise, but also unknown danger. This panel proposes a move away from the more common “land of light and affirmation” reading of American nature towards an ecogothic approach.
As threat, as abject, as subject, and as a combination of all three, the figure of the migrant and the figure of the refugee loom large in the ethical imagination. The recent surge in desperate efforts of people to leave their homelands for other places, the Syrian refugee crisis, the mass displacement of the Rohingya, the “caravan” of Central American migrants seeking to cross the US-Mexico border, and of course the surge in anti-immigrant, and anti-migrant discourses all speak to the moral urgency of collective responses to these figures. It is one of the most pressing concerns of our current moment.
Co-chairs: Shannon Mooney and Hannah Taylor