CFP: [American] Heidegger in America (NeMLA 2/26-3/1/09; 9/15/08)

full name / name of organization: 
Adam Johns
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40th Anniversary Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
Feb. 26-March 1, 2009
Hyatt Regency - Boston, Massachusetts

“Heidegger in America”

This panel seeks proposals relating Heidegger’s thought to American
literature or American literary studies. One might perform a Heideggerian
reading of a particular text or author (like, e.g., William Spanos’ work on
Herman Melville), analyze the direct influence exerted by Heidegger on a
literary work (e.g., Danielewski’s _House of Leaves_), or perform an
analysis of the significance of Heidegger within literary studies itself;
consider, for instance, the possible irony of the widespread deployment of
a figure who may be regarded as deeply reactionary (see Zimmerman’s
_Heidegger’s Confrontation with Modernity_, for instance), by contemporary
leftist figures. Any paper relating Heidegger to American literature or
American literary studies is welcome; papers reflecting on the
institutional or political significance of Heidegger within the academy are
particularly welcome. I hope to include a range of views on the uses to
which Heidegger has been, is, and should or should not be put within the
context of American literature and literary studies.

Deadline: September 15, 2008
Email abstract (in body of email) of 250-600 words (including affiliation
and contact information) to Adam Johns, University of Pittsburgh,

Please include with your abstract:

Name and Affiliation
Email address
Postal address
Telephone number
A/V requirements (if any; $10 handling fee)

The complete Call for Papers for the 2009 Convention can be found at:

Interested participants may submit abstracts to more than one NeMLA panel;
however panelists can only present one paper. Convention participants may
present a paper at a panel or seminar and also present at a creative
session or participate in a roundtable.

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