Steinbeck and the Twenty-First Century: Identity, Influence, and Impact

deadline for submissions: 
February 28, 2019
full name / name of organization: 
Martha Heasley Cox Center for Steinbeck Studies / San Jose State University
contact email: 

The International Society of Steinbeck Scholars Announces
An International Conference

Steinbeck and the Twenty-First Century: Identity, Influence, and Impact
May 1-3, 2019
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Library, San José State University

John Steinbeck (1902-1968) was a giant of twentieth-century culture, a writer whose work in fiction, nonfiction, drama, and film made him a household name in America and around the world. Eighteen years into the twenty-first century, Steinbeck’s influence appears to be as strong as ever. His novels continue to sell briskly; his plays are performed in repertory and revived on Broadway; and Hollywood buzzes regularly with speculation about remakes of The Grapes of Wrath and East of Eden.

With this conference, the International Society of Steinbeck Scholars seeks to explore how and why Steinbeck remains relevant fifty years after his death. We invite proposals from a wide variety of disciplines, including literary and cultural studies, comparative literature, film and theater, secondary and postsecondary teaching, political science, sociology, ecology, and marine biology. Topics might include comparative studies of Steinbeck and millennial authors, issues surrounding translation of Steinbeck’s work, or analyses of Steinbeck's writings through the lens of key millennial sociopolitical movements such as MeToo and Black Lives Matter. We are also interested in the ways teachers are using Steinbeck’s work to engage students on social issues, contemporary artistic expression, and popular culture.

Submit Proposals Online: http://www.sjsu.edu/steinbeck/conference/

Travel funding is available for students whose proposals are accepted.

Keynote Address
Susan Shillinglaw, San José State University

Conference Director
Nicholas P. Taylor, M. H. Cox Center for Steinbeck Studies, San José State University

Conference Steering Committee
Cecilia Donohue, Madonna University (Retired)
Barbara A. Heavilin, Professor Emeritus, Taylor University
Kathleen Hicks, Grand Canyon University

Sponsored by the Martha Heasley Cox Center for Steinbeck Studies and Steinbeck Review