CFP: Teaching Regionalism and Local Color (1/22/07; ALA, 5/24/07-5/27/07)

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American Literature Association
Boston, May 24-27, 2007
Proposed Panel: Teaching American Regionalism/Local Color
Over the past two decades, literary critics--Richard Brodhead, Donna
Campbell, June Howard, Amy Kaplan, Judith Fetterley, Marjorie Pryse, and
Stephanie Foote, to name but a few--have opened up new and compelling (and
often competing) ways of understanding regional and local color writing of
the late nineteenth and early twentieth century, but as has been the case
with critical re-evaluations of the generic categories of realism and
naturalism, these reappraisals have left us in a certain flux as to what
makes a text an example of regionalism and/or local color and what such
labels and the very act of such labeling may imply.
Given the exciting and suggestive variety of critical definitions of
regionalism and local color, how do we, how might we, how should we teach
American regionalism and local color writing (or those texts that have be
typically understood by those labels)?
This panel will feature papers (4 @ 15 minutes each or 3 @ 20 minutes) that
discuss the pedagogy of American regionalism and local color writing.
Papers should deliberatively engage the critical field in order to offer
ideas of teaching praxis. Papers should avoid focusing on the teaching of a
single regionalist/local color writer or on teaching a single literary text.
Rather, papers should offer a broader framing for teaching the host of texts
that have fallen under the umbrella(s) of regionalism and local color.
Deadline: As panel proposals are due to the ALA by January 30, 2007, please
send abstracts (250 words) via email (Word attachment or text in the body of
the message) no later than Monday, January 22. Send abstracts to J. Michael
Duvall (duvalljm­at­

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