Paul Laurence Dunbar Society Panels at ALA 2015; May 21-24, 2015

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The Paul Laurence Dunbar Society will sponsor two sessions at the American Literature Association Conference in Boston, MA on May 21-24, 2015.

There is also an upcoming NEH Summer Institute on Paul Laurence Dunbar and American Literary History in July 2015. Applications are due by March 2, 2015; please see for more information.

Session 1: Teaching Dunbar

We are looking for 10 minute presentations for a roundtable on new approaches to teaching Dunbar. Specifically, how does Dunbar traditionally get taught in the classroom, and how might incorporating other works by Dunbar—either new poems other than those traditionally taught, short fiction, novels, or essays—offer new ways to think about Dunbar as an author? How do you pair Dunbar with other authors, and/or what are the new and innovative ways you are incorporating Dunbar into the classroom? We are especially interested in presentations on Dunbar's short fiction, novels, and essays: how can engaging these works transform Dunbar's traditional role as exclusively a poet in the classroom?

Session 2: Open Panel

Papers on any aspect of Dunbar's career, or that focus on any part of his literary output: poetry, novels, short stories, correspondence, or essays. Proposals on Dunbar's relationships—both personal and professional—with other friends, authors, editors, critics, or related historical figures are especially welcome.

Please e-mail abstracts and a brief CV by January 15, 2015 to:
Thomas L. Morgan at