CFP: [American] Fame, Infamy, Slavery ( (3/15/03; MMLA 11/13/08-11/16/08)

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Whitney Womack Smith
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American Literature I: Literature Before 1870: "Fame, Infamy, Slavery."

This session invites papers that examine the famous and the infamous in the
history of slavery and abolition in the United States. Papers may explore
such topics as the popularity of abolitionist circuit speakers, the
abolitionist press, and slave narratives; Harriet Beecher Stowe’s
international fame following the publication of Uncle Tom’s Cabin and the
phenomenon of “Tom-mania”; the rise of anti-Tom literature; the popular
tradition of minstrelsy; literary representations of notorious personages,
sensational trials, and cause célèbres (the Amistad case, the Margaret
Garner case, Dred Scott, John Brown, etc.). Papers that look at this topic
in a transatlantic context are welcome. Please send a 250-word abstract and
a brief biographical sketch (as a Word attachment) to Whitney Womack Smith,
Miami University Hamilton,, by April 15, 2008.

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