CFP: [American] Off the Road: The Wayside in American Literature

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Colin Clarke
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Off the Road: The Wayside in American Literature

40th Anniversary Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
Feb. 26-March 1, 2009
Hyatt Regency - Boston, Massachusetts

This panel will examine not the road so much as what is just off the road,
what happens on the waysides of American literature, and who (or what)
gathers in and at the taverns, bars, motels, farmhouses, barbeque joints,
tourist traps, fast food restaurants, diners, gas stations, shacks, barns,
fields, and ditches that line the road. How do these sites, their
placement on the wayside, and their cultural, chronological, and
geographical positions, appear as significant themes or images in American
literature? Where do they work in tandem with the symbol of the road, and
where do they work against it? What do they tell us that the road can’t?

Proposals (300-500 words) to Colin Clarke at

Deadline: September 15, 2008

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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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