CFP: [General] Literature and War (11/1/2008-3/26-28/2009)

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Meg Woolbright
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Call for Papers, Literature and War at CEA 2009

70th Anniversary Conference | March 26-28, 2009 | Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
The Omni William Penn Hotel, 530 William Penn Place, Pittsburgh, PA
15219; (412) 281-7100
The College English Association, a gathering of scholar-teachers in
English studies, welcomes proposals for presentations on Literature and
War for our 40th annual conference, celebrating the organization’s 70th

War is part of the fabric of American culture, but there is often a gap
between the public myth and the private truth of war. This panel will
use literature to bridge this gap. Topics may include but are not
limited to:

--representations of war in a particular literary text
--connections between depictions of war and historical context
--changes in representations of war over time
--effects of war on individual characters
--structure of the literary text and relationship to war and its effects
--trauma theory and its usefulness in interpreting a text
--pedagogical approaches to teaching literature of war.
General Conference Theme: Design
In addition, CEA welcomes proposals for presentations on the general
conference theme, Design. We live in a world atomized into text messages
and jump cuts, socially constructed snippets on networking sites,
fragmented blogs and news bites, ones and zeroes. In such a context, is
there still a role for conscious design - of literature, of art, of
rhetoric, of learning? After the death of the author, who designs the
texts we love to see, read, and study? Or do we make our own
designations, sketching out the plot, shading in the design, creating
meaning as we find it?
General Call for Papers

CEA also welcomes proposals for presentations in any of the areas English
departments typically encompass, including literature, creative writing,
composition, technical communication, linguistics, and film. We also
welcome papers on areas that influence our work as academics, including
student demographics, student/instructor accountability and assessment,
student advising, academic leadership in departments and programs, and
the place of the English department in the university.
 Submission: August 31-November 1, 2008
For more information on how to submit, please see the full CFP at

All presenters at the 2009 CEA conference must become members of CEA by
January 1, 2009. To join CEA, please go to
More information
• Find out more about the College English Association:
• Find out more about lodging and registration:
• Contact CEA officers:
Other questions? Please email
Meg Woolbright, Chair of Literature and War panel,

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