CFP: Thomas Pynchon's Against the Day (9/15/07; NEMLA, 4/10/08-4/13/08)

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CFP: _Against the Day_
39th Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association
April 10-13, 2008
Buffalo, NY

Thomas Pynchon’s newest novel, _Against the Day_ (New York: Penguin, 2006), returns his readers to a familiar state of delight and befuddlement: how to understand and parse a book so massive and laden with esoterica? The task calls for a collaboration of readers, already visible in the _ATD_ wiki that has sprung up online.

In this panel, we plan to bring together several papers of diverse methodological approaches and areas of concentration to begin the work of making hitherto unapparent critical connections. The many possible foci include: genre (particularly the Western and the Boys’ Adventure Novel); the history of science, technology, and industry, especially electricity; connections with other Pynchon texts (including that other story of the Traverse family, _Vineland_); religious fundamentalism, political extremism, and violent resistance; the importance of the period leading up to World War I in Pynchon’s imagination; mapping, spatiality, and the novel's many locales; music and other popular culture; Pynchon’s sources and influences; and the difficulties of reading a postmodern novel about the modern age.

Please submit queries or an abstract of 250-500 words by September 15, 2007 to Christopher Leise (, plus the following information:

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The complete Call for Papers for the 2008 Convention will be posted in June: Interested participants may submit abstracts to more than one NeMLA panel; however panelists can only present one paper. Convention participants may present at a paper session panel and also present at a creative session or participate in a round-table. All submissions will be considered for inclusion in a new collection of essays forthcoming from a publisher to be determined.

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