Paul Laurence Dunbar Society ALA San Francisco May 24-27, 2018

deadline for submissions: 
January 20, 2018
full name / name of organization: 
Paul Laurence Dunbar Society
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The Paul Laurence Dunbar Society will sponsor two sessions at the American Literature Association Conference in San Francisco, CA on May 24-27, 2018. 

Session 1: Paul Laurence Dunbar: Beyond the Mask Documentary

Papers that examine, engage, or respond to the recent documentary, Paul Laurence Dunbar: Beyond the Mask. This documentary was broadcast nationally earlier this year on PBS, and has several selected screenings across the nation since then.

In addition, there will be screening of Paul Laurence Dunbar: Beyond the Mask at ALA, and Joseph W. Slade, the documentary’s co-producer, executive producer, and a professor emeritus in the School of Media Arts & Studies at Ohio University, will be on hand to introduce the documentary.

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, musical theater, correspondence, or essays. Proposals on teaching Dunbar and on Dunbar’s relationships—both personal and professional—with other authors, editors, critics, or related historical figures are especially welcome.

Please e-mail 250 word abstracts to Thomas L. Morgan at by January 20, 2018