CFP: [American] Representations of City Life in Pre-1900 American Literature (5/30/08; SAMLA, 11/7/08-11/9/08)

full name / name of organization: 
Timothy Helwig
contact email: 
thelwig@hsc.edu

CALL FOR PAPERS
AMERICAN LITERATURE I (PRE-1900)

SAMLA--NOVEMBER 7-9, 2008

Representations of City Life in Pre-1900 American Literature

In 1630, John Winthrop invoked what would become an enduring image of
America as a “City Upon a Hill,” a kind of “New Jerusalem” that would
break from the rigid social stratification and moral corruption
associated with Old Europe. Since that time, American writers have
explored the changing material conditions of urban life as a means of
reflecting upon the realized and un-realized potential of the American
experiment. This panel seeks papers examining any aspect of urbanization
in pre-1900 American literature; papers on the politics of class, race,
or gender in urban writing are particularly welcome. By May 30, 2008,
please submit 250-word abstracts that include audio/visual needs to
Timothy Helwig, Hampden-Sydney College, at thelwig_at_hsc.edu.

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