CFP: [American] Seeking Third Panelist, "Cultures of Poverty," MLA 2008
I am seeking a third panelist for a special session proposal, â€œCultures of
Poverty,â€ to be submitted to the Modern Language Association, for the
MLAâ€™s annual conference in San Francisco, CA, December 27-30.
The panel explores literary responses to the idea of the â€œculture of
poverty,â€ as formulated by anthropologist Oscar Lewis and incorporated
into War on Poverty social programs in the 1960s. I invite papers that
address any aspect of U.S. poverty discourse since the Great Society â€"
including literary texts that emerged out of the Moynihan controversy of
the mid-1960s, or texts that respond to or reinforce the pathologization
of welfare recipients that pervaded public discourse during the Reagan
Revolution. I would also be interested in papers that discuss third world
(especially Latin American) writersâ€™ reaction to Lewisâ€™s thesis.
Please send abstracts (about 500 words) and short CVs to Stephen Schryer
at stephenschryer_at_gmail.com. I welcome papers from scholars of all ranks
and disciplinary backgrounds.
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