From the Buzzfeed quiz to the status update, the courtroom to the therapist’s couch, U.S. culture is rife with sites where subjects are asked to pass the test of whether they inhabit personhood in the right way. How does mental wellness become yet another attribute of the liberal subject who deserves to thrive? How does the performance of a personality determine the distribution of privilege? In particular, we aim to consider how the the psychologization of power bolsters structures of oppression along lines of race, sex, gender, and ability. What happens when homosexuality or blackness, for example, are reinscribed as forms of personality disorder or schizoid psychosis?
This panel will consider the works of 20th and 21st century American writers who have speculatively (re)imagined American history. For the purpose of this panel, “speculative” will encompass any text that deploys the tropes of fantasy and science fiction, that rejects the realist/non-realist binary, or that engages explicitly with the concept of “speculation” in any of its many forms (i.e. financial speculation, cognitive or imaginative speculation).
The panel will explore the following questions:
Call for Papers: American Literature Association Conference, May 25-28, 2017, Boston, MA.
This panel invites investigation of fictional representations of veterans of war in Iraq and Afghanistan in works such as Kevin Powers’ The Yellow Birds, Roxana Robinson’s Sparta, Phil Klay’s Redeployment, and Roy Scranton’s War Porn, especially as they intersect with national debates about PTSD, “trauma heroes,” “thanking veterans for their service,” the “civil-military divide,” and current political trends.
Submit proposals of 250 words or less to Peter Molin at email@example.com by January 20, 2017.
Non-guaranteed session for ASA (American Studies Association) 2017. From the hermit’s tales of the eighteenth century through the writings of transcendentalists in the nineteenth and expatriates in the twentieth (to name only a few), American writers and cultural producers have long represented separation from society as a form of political, social, and/or cultural dissent. This panel seeks to examine such representations with an eye toward their inherent ambiguities. To what degree and under what conditions can dissent, a form of oppositional political engagement, stem from what is ostensibly a strategy of disengagement—i.e., separation and withdrawal?
Non-guaranteed session for MLA 2018. This panel seeks to explore the figure of the reclusive writer in American literature, and is open to papers on both fictional writers in literary works as well as real-world writers of literary works. All periods and critical approaches welcome. 300-word abstract and brief biographical statement by March 1 to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The William Dean Howells Society welcomes submissions for two panels at the 28th Annual American Literature Association Conference to be held in Boston, May 25-28, 2017.
Panel 1: On the Neglected Works of William Dean Howells
deadline for submissions: April, 2017 full name / name of organization: The Sunflower Collective contact email: email@example.com
The Sunflower Collective is looking for submissions. We celebrate the personal and the political - which we believe to be one and the same thing - in art.
Postwar Geographies: Discussions of literature, 1945-1975,wherein mapping, locating, traveling, place-making, or turf-marking plays a significant role: the Iron Curtain, the color line, the "women's room(s)," Model Cities, etc. Abstracts to firstname.lastname@example.org by 16 January 2017.
Postwar Iconicities: Discussions of literature, 1945-1975, treating iconic persons or milestone events historical or fictionalized. Postwar literature regarding fame, celebrity, infamous crime or court cases, quintessential Americanness. Abstracts to email@example.com by January 16, 2017.
Open to all discussions of teaching true crime texts on American Literature syllabi - by JANUARY 10 2017!
American Literature Association Symposium, "Criminal America: Reading, Studying, and Teaching American Crime Fiction"
March 3-4 2017 / Chicago