CFP: [African-American] William Wells Brown Panel (9/15/07; NeMLA, 4/09/08-4/13/08)

full name / name of organization: 
M. Clay Hooper
contact email: 
mchooper@buffalo.edu

New Approaches to William Wells Brown
NeMLA Board-Sponsored Panel

39th Annual Northeast MLA Convention
Buffalo, New York
April 11-13, 2008

>From 1836-1845 William Wells Brown, fugitive from slavery, settled in
Buffalo where, as an Underground Railroad operative and local temperance
and antislavery leader, he collected anecdotes and attitudes that would
help to shape his long career in literary activism and experimentation. In
honor of this formative period in Brown's life, NeMLA, in its return to
Buffalo in 2008, offers a board-sponsored panel on this pioneer of African
American fiction, drama, poetry, humor, and historiography. The panel
seeks papers that contribute to the recent critical effort to rethink and
resituate Brown as a significant figure within the development and
diversification of black literature, discourse, and performance in
nineteenth-century America. The panel is open to discussions of any aspect
of Brown's work and influence.

Please send abstracts (250-500 words) to Clay Hooper at
mchooper_at_buffalo.edu by September 15, 2007. Be sure to include name,
affiliation, and email address.

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cfp categories: 
african-american