CFP: [American] Regionalism in U.S. Literature and Culture Before 1900 (MLA 2009)

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John Funchion
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Even as we attend to the global and transnational dimensions of literature,
Pascale Casanova has encouraged us to study both the formation and
character of so-called "small literatures" of dominated nations or of
subordinated regions within nations. While we have developed a rich
vocabulary for discussing cosmopolitanism and transnational literary
studies, we have not completely theorized regionalism or
regionalization--the process by which a literary and cultural space assumes
a local rather than a national or cosmopolitan character. This MLA panel
will move in the direction of arriving at a richer theoretical and critical
understanding of regionalism and regionalization by examining the local
literatures and the place of the region in early and nineteenth-century
U.S. culture. This panel invites submissions that address any aspect of
early and nineteenth-century regional writing. Papers that theorize or
position regionalism in relation to transnational studies are especially

Please send 250-word proposals and a brief c.v. by March 1, 2009 to Keri
Holt ( or John Funchion (

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