CFP: [American] Seeking Third Panelist, "Cultures of Poverty," MLA 2008

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Stephen Schryer
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I am seeking a third panelist for a special session proposal, “Cultures of
Poverty,” to be submitted to the Modern Language Association, for the
MLA’s annual conference in San Francisco, CA, December 27-30.

The panel explores literary responses to the idea of the “culture of
poverty,” as formulated by anthropologist Oscar Lewis and incorporated
into War on Poverty social programs in the 1960s. I invite papers that
address any aspect of U.S. poverty discourse since the Great Society â€"
including literary texts that emerged out of the Moynihan controversy of
the mid-1960s, or texts that respond to or reinforce the pathologization
of welfare recipients that pervaded public discourse during the Reagan
Revolution. I would also be interested in papers that discuss third world
(especially Latin American) writers’ reaction to Lewis’s thesis.

Please send abstracts (about 500 words) and short CVs to Stephen Schryer
at I welcome papers from scholars of all ranks
and disciplinary backgrounds.

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