CFP: Revising the Chicago Story (3/31/07; ALSC, 10/12/07-10/14/07)

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Call for Papers

2007 ALSC Conference, Chicago, IL, October 12-14, 2006


The Association of Literary Scholars and Critics (ALSC) invites proposals
for papers and presentations to be considered for its thirteenth annual
conference at the Hotel Allegro in Chicago, October 12-14, 2007. The
conference program includes six panels and three seminars. A description of
one of these nine session topics appears below, along with an e-mail address
and other information regarding submissions. Please bear in mind that there
will be many more submissions than can be accepted, and that the criteria
may include not only the merit of the individual submission but the range
and variety of a session's contributions. The pleasure of the conveners is
to see how much stimulating and valuable work is being done; the pain is to
be able to accommodate only part of it in panel or seminar.


Submission form and deadline. Submissions must reach the convener of the
session by March 31, 2007. They should be sent to both (1) the convener of
the panel or seminar and (2) the Association's office at On
your e-mail's "subject" line, please give your name and other information in
the following form: "ALSC 2007, [Name of Session] abstract by [First Name,
Last Name]."


* If you do not send copies to both the convener and the ALSC, we
cannot guarantee that you will receive an e-mail notice ackowledging receipt
of your proposal.


* For details regarding submission length, please refer to the
individual instructions for each session.


* You must be a member of the ALSC in good standing to participate in
the conference program as a panelist or seminarian. ALSC members receive a
discount on conference registration.


* For a complete listing of session topics and information about how
to join the ALSC, visit our website at




The Culture of Cities: Revising the Chicago Story

Convener: Carlo Rotella (Boston College)

As one of the great shock cities of modernity, Chicago inspired
story-telling imaginations of all sorts-literary, sociological, political,
and more. The canon of Chicago stories that emerged in the early twentieth
century included works by Dreiser, Sandburg, and Wright, as well as Robert
Park and Daniel Burnham, to name a few prominent figures from the short
list. But as this canon solidified into formula and the shock of industrial
modernity wore off, new kinds of distance opened up between canonical
Chicago stories' familiar big-shouldered contours and the lived realities of
the city to which they referred. Seen from the vantage point of the early
twenty-first century, a little or a lot of revision may well be in order.
Our discussion will consider the recent, current, and future shape of
Chicago stories and their relationship to the well-known stories that came
before. (This will be an invitational session but suggestions or proposals
can be sent to Professor Carlo Rotella at <>


Michael Gouin-Hart

Executive Director

Association of Literary Scholars and Critics (ALSC)

650 Beacon Street, Suite 510

Boston, Massachusetts 02215

Phone: 617-358-1990 / Fax: 617-358-1995

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