CFP: "Real Indians": Popular Representations of Native Americans (4/16/07; M/MLA, 11/8/07-11/11/07)

full name / name of organization: 
Jen McGovern

Papers are invited for the following special session, which has been accepted for the Nov. 8-11,
2007 M/MLA convention in Cleveland, OH:

"Real Indians": Popular Representations of Native Americans

Will the "real Indians" please stand up? This session explores how Native Americans were
represented in popular culture during the 19th and early 20th centuries, particularly in public
venues and mass-produced forms such as captivity narratives, chautauquas, dime novels, film,
melodrama, newspapers, periodicals, and Wild West shows. Papers may consider the following
questions: Why did "authentic" depictions of Native Americans capture the public's attention? How
were "realistic" accounts in captivity narratives and periodicals designed to persuade readers to
accept these representations of Native peoples as legitimate? How did non-Native as well as
Native authors establish their credibility in order to assume an "authoritative" stance in
portraying American Indians? Papers that draw on archival research are preferred. Submit 250
word abstracts by April 16 to Jen McGovern, Univ. of Iowa,
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