CFP: [20th] Don DeLillo in the Twentieth-First Century (deadline 9/10/08, for Louisville conference Feb 09)

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CALL FOR PAPERS (deadline 9/10/08; 20th c Lit Conference in Louisville

Conference Title: Call to the Post 2009

Panel title: Don DeLillo in the Twenty-First Century

The Don DeLillo Society announces a call for papers for a panel focusing
on Don DeLillo’s work in twenty-first century contexts, convening Feb 19-
21, 2009 at the Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture since
1900 in Louisville, KY.

Proposals for papers on any aspects of DeLillo’s work (novels, plays,
short fiction, essays, interviews), from his 1971 _Americana_ to last
year’s _Falling Man_, as they relate to literature and culture in the
twenty-first century are welcome. However, suggested possible topics
include the following:

● DeLillo’s oeuvre as a whole: can we argue for a change in sensibility
and/or novelistic approach, in content and/or form, between DeLillo’s
high postmodernist works like _The Names_, _White Noise_, and _Mao II_,
and later works like _The Body Artist_, _Cosmopolis_, and _Falling Man_?
● changing notions of the postmodern; moving away from or reinscribing
notions and techniques of postmodern and poststructural literature;
twenty-first century literature as a continuation of and/or break from
late twentieth-century fiction
● continued anti-humanism in his and other contemporary literature,
and /or attempts to define a new kind of humanism in contemporary
● disjunctions and/or continuities between content and form in twenty-
first century literature: what is fiction today accomplishing (or not)
via narrative? How might we characterize narrative today? What stylistic
and formal elements define it, and how do they compare to those of the
late twentieth century?
● DeLillo’s fiction as it intersects with and/or diverges from fiction by
other defining contemporary authors, such as David Foster Wallace, Mark
Danielewski, Jonathan Safran Foer, Steve Tomasula, Ian McEwan, David
Mitchell, and others. How do these authors variously employ notions of
language, of narrative, of history, of meaning, of affect, of family?
How do they variously define the novel and what it can do?

Please email, in a Word attachment, a 250-word abstract of your paper
with a descriptive title, a brief bio, and contact information to Mary
Holland at by September 10, 2008. Earlier
submissions are encouraged.

Mary Holland
Assistant Professor of English
SUNY New Paltz

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