CFP: [American] Dunbar Beyond Race: ALA 5/21-5/25

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Matthew Giordano
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Dunbar Beyond Race: American Literature Association Conference, May 21-25, 2009

Ever since William Dean Howells argued in his Introduction to _Lyrics of
Lowly Life_ that Dunbar represents the “range” of his race, scholars have
maintained “race” as the key term in Dunbar criticism, the lens through
which Dunbar’s life and work must be read. Without mitigating the
importance of race to Dunbar’s biography, poetry, fiction, essays, and
lyrics, this panel seeks to move Dunbar scholarship in new directions by
highlighting approaches to his work that do not focus exclusively or even
primarily on race. I am interested in papers on any aspect of Dunbar’s
career and from any theoretical perspective that analyze Dunbar’s
engagement with a host of critical issues beyond race, including, but not
limited to: history of the book, periodical culture, Anglo-American
literary traditions, literary forms, performance theory, music history,
visual media, feminism, and queer studies.

Please submit 300-500 word proposals to Matthew Giordano at no later than January 6, 2009. Include with your
abstract your name, institutional affiliation, contact information, and a
one-page CV.

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