CFP: Midwest Material (3/15/07; MLA '07)

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Lisa Long
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CFP: Midwest Material
Special Session at MLA 2007 (December 27-30, Chicago, Illinois)

The Midwest is sometimes represented as the “flyover,” an empty and culturally vacuous place lacking in substance, visible to coastal movers and shakers only as they fly over it. Alternately, it is America’s “heartland,” the psychic, geographic, and even corporeal repository of authentic American values. This panel seeks to explore how representations of Midwestern material culture relate to these paradigms and/or anchor regional, national, ethnic, or familial narratives. For example, papers could focus on representations of the land, architecture, consumer culture, regional product lines, historical artifacts, home decoration, photographs, genealogies, etc. Participants could explore early interactions between colonists and the more original inhabitants of the (mid)West that precede modern understandings of the region; turn-of-the-twentieth-century nostalgic formulations of the “disappearing” rural Midwest; or contemporary renderings of an increasingly div!
 erse and urban region.

Send or e-mail abstracts and one-page CVs by March 15, 2007 to:

Lisa A. Long
North Central College
30 North Brainard Street
Naperville, IL 60566

Lisa A. Long
Associate Professor of English
North Central College, Naperville, IL

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