CFP: [American] American Cannibal: Empire and Embodiment from 1840 through 1940

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Kathryn Dolan
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Northeast Modern Language Association Convention
Buffalo, New York
April 10-13, 2008

In Moby Dick (1851), Herman Melville asks his readers, "Cannibals? who is
not a cannibal?" in order to force them to question definitions of
otherness. This panel will focus on a wide range of US/American authors
who discuss cannibals, literally and ironically, in their work from the
1840s through the 1940s. How do narratives of cannibalism inform and
critique the (still) growing nation? How does the United States become
embodied by its own stories?

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