Antebellum City Texts: Print Culture and Emergent U.S. Metropolitan Spaces

deadline for submissions: 
September 30, 2019
full name / name of organization: 
Brigitte Bailey / Univ of New Hampshire
contact email: 

Reminder: Call for Papers, for the next NeMLA conference, in Boston, March 5-8, 2020.

NeMLA’s theme this year will be:"Shaping and Sharing Identities: Spaces, Places, Languages, and Cultures"

This is an accepted session.

Antebellum City Texts: Print Culture and Emergent U.S. Metropolitan Spaces   

This panel will feature current research on pre-Civil War representations of U.S. cities and on publications in and about cities. Topics might include depictions of the city in fiction, poetry, religious tracts, newspapers, other periodical “texts”—including engravings--and sketches. But they may also focus on the urban location of publications; e.g., to what extent are abolitionist “appeals” by Lydia Maria Child or David Walker urban texts? Or, how do oral performances (lyceum speeches, sermons, etc.) printed in periodicals function as part of an urban print culture? Transatlantic topics and interdisciplinary perspectives welcome, from geography, history, literary history, visual studies, and environmental humanities.

Please submit a 300-word abstract and a brief bio by September 30, 2019, through NeMLA’s website (http://www.buffalo.edu/nemla/convention/callforpapers.html) --  the session’s number is 18015. If you have questions, please contact the panel chair, Brigitte Bailey, at brigitte.bailey@unh.edu .