CFP: The Urban Center in 19th Century American Literature (grad) (12/17/05; 2/17/06-2/18/06)

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Acacia Group's 2006 Conference: Politicizing Texts

The Acacia Group of California State University, Fullerton is seeking
papers for our 2006 conference to be held February 17th and 18th,
2006. We are interested papers/presentations for the following
suggested panel:

"The Urban Center in American Literature"
The close of the 19th Century was characterized by a move from the
pastoral existence of America's past to the urban industrial space of
the nation's future. With the close of the American Frontier, came the
development of urban centers. Individuals could not longer make a
living off of the land; therefore they migrated to the city for new
opportunities. The city became a new social and economic frontier to
conquer. This panel envisions a wide array of topics that discuss the
social and cultural impact of the city upon late Nineteenth Century
American literature. Papers might discuss the following: Naturalism in
the City, Social Darwinism and Class conflict in the city, Portrayal
of Labor in the city, The search for Utopia in the city etc. . .

We are accepting completed paper submissions only, no abstracts
please. Creative writing/productions/performance contributions are
encouraged to function as commentaries on or expressions of any and
all of the topics listed, or, they may be submitted individually for
special panel consideration. Submissions that will not be presented
in written form (performances, art, etc.) must include a brief (1-2
page) explanation of the submission's relevance to the topic/theme,
materials used, and concepts explored. All presentations, whether
written, performed, or shown may not exceed 20 minutes.

Submission Deadline: December 17, 2005
Conference date: February 17-18, 2006
Please note submissions are open to graduate and undergraduate students.
Please note panel title in your subject line and send completed papers
of 10-12 pages in Word format to:

--Thank youThe Acacia Group ========================================================== From the Literary Calls for Papers Mailing List Full Information at or write Jennifer Higginbotham: ==========================================================Received on Fri Nov 11 2005 - 08:46:06 EST

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