CFP: Iconic Places and Characters in 20th Century American Cultures (3/30/07; 10/18/07-10/19/07)

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"The River is a Strong Brown God"
Iconic Places and Characters in 20th Century American Cultures

The second meeting of a continuing series entitled
  An American Century: 1901-2000
In honor of Sinclair Lewis and Ida K. Compton
October 18-19, 2007
St. Cloud State University
St. Cloud, Minnesota

The Interdisciplinary Conference in Honor of Sinclair Lewis and Ida
L. Compton at St. Cloud State University invites scholars, writers
and advanced graduate students to submit papers on any topic related
to Sinclair Lewis or on topics related to the theme of "Iconic Places
and Characters." Topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
Iconic Characters: Gantryism, Kennecotism, and Babbittry
Iconic places
Visual icons: art and photography in the 20th Century
Representing the native: icons versus humans
Challenging the iconic status of American landmarks
Queer icons: people, characters and events in GLBT life
Mythology of landscapes in the American Western
Representations of the frontier in 20th century popular culture
River as border, river as barrier, river as highway
River as cornucopia: source of spiritual, physical sustenance
The music of the river: blues, folk, spirituals
The river in literature and art: as character, as allegory, as
narrative structure
River as iconic technological challenge: taming the river
Assessing the river as Eco-system
We are particularly interested in papers that promote liberal arts
and multi-disciplinary education. This is an interdisciplinary
conference that may include work in the following fields: American
History, American Literature, American Studies, Art History, Ethnic
Studies, Film Studies, GLBT Studies, Music History, Women's Studies,
Ecology, Geography, and Immigration studies.

Papers judged to be of particular significance will be eligible for a
stipend. Proceedings of the first conference are in press; all papers
presented will appear in a second conference proceedings
volume. Paper presentations will be in lecture sessions of 20 minutes.

Abstract Deadline extended: March 30, 2007
Abstracts limited to 500 words should be submitted electronically

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