CFP: [American] Filling the Gap: American Literature from 1815-1835 (01/04/08; ALA 5/22-5/25)

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Christopher Apap
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FILLING THE GAP: AMERICAN LITERATURE FROM 1815-1835: A proposed panel for
the American Literature Association Conference, May 22-25, 2008 in San

Sandra M. Gustafson recently argued that the literary history of the two
decades between 1815 and 1835 “are a kind of temporal gap or aporia”
between the writings of the revolutionary era and those of the antebellum
period. This proposed panel explores methods of thinking about and
through this blind spot of American literary history. How might we begin
to write the literary history of this period? How are written or oral
modes like political speeches, sermons, or historical writing implicated
in the literary discourse that arises during the Jacksonian era? To what
extent do the distinctive challenges (geographical, economic, social,
political, and artistic) that faced this generation of writers shape
their definition of national and individual identity?

Please submit a proposal of no longer than 500 words as an e-mail
attachment to Christopher Apap at [] by January 4,

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