CFP: [American] Kurt Vonnegut Panels at 2009 ALA

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Robert Tally
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The Kurt Vonnegut Society invites proposals for papers to be presented at
two sessions of the 2009 American Literature Association in Boston, MA,
May 21-24. Presenters need not be members of the Kurt Vonnegut Society
(though we certainly hope they will join). Please send a 250-word
abstract for 15-minute presentations to Robert Tally at by December 1, 2008.

1. Vonnegut after the American Century
In 1941, Henry Luce famously declared that the 20th century was “the
American Century.” In 2007, his own magazine (Time) declared that the
21st is “the Chinese Century” (and the Beijing Olympics may have added the
exclamation point). As a chronicler of the American experience, Kurt
Vonnegut offers a unique perspective on the American Century and its
effects. As “a man without a country,” Vonnegut provides pointed
criticism of the very idea of the American Century. How does Vonnegut’s
work speak to the rise and/or decline of the American imperium? What is
the role of Vonnegut’s work in 21st-century literary studies? What is
Vonnegut’s take on globalization? What is the role of Vonnegut in a “post-
American” literature?

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