Henry Roth: The Novel at the Periphery

deadline for submissions: 
September 30, 2018
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NeMLA
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50th NeMLA Anniversary Convention Washington, DC | March 21-24, 2019

Henry Roth’s novels provide a rich imaginative tapestry for understanding the American Jewish immigrant experience while at the same time contesting the boundaries of narration and narrative form. Roth’s novels exemplify the experiments of high Modernist fiction and postmodern metafiction. This panel invites scholars to consider the challenges Call it SleepMercy of a Rude Stream, and An American Type pose to the critic, especially in light of Roth’s autobiographical disclosures late in life and the substantial record of his own reading and compositional practices available in the archives at the American Jewish Historical Society and the Gotlieb Center. 

NEMLA, perhaps more than any other organization, provides an appropriate venue for contemplating questions related to the boundaries between modernist and postmodernist literature, the impact of changing compositional technologies on fiction-writing in 20th century America, the role of the literary editor, and media myth-making around the silent or silenced author. 

The chair and organizer, Dr. Felicia Jean Steele (The College of New Jersey), is co-trustee of the Henry Roth Literary Trust.

This panel invites papers that examine Henry Roth’s novels, Call it Sleep and Mercy of a Rude Stream as well as the posthumously edited and published An American Type. Abstracts that consider materials housed in the Roth archives at the American Jewish Historical Society and the Gotlieb Center are particularly encouraged.

To submit an abstract, go to https://www.buffalo.edu/nemla/convention/callforpapers/submit.html. For more information, contact steele@tcnj.edu.