American Literature I: Literature Before 1870: “Migration: Crossing/Transgressing Sociocultural Borders/Barriers"

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Midwest Modern Language Association, Nov. 12-15, 2009, St. Louis, MO.
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Anne Herbert, Bradley University English Department,

For this M/MLA Permanent Panel, we invite papers that respond to the general conference theme of “Migration,” especially papers that focus on topics such as immigrant literature, transnational studies, diasporas, bildungsroman/quests/odysseys, racial/ethnic “passing,” travel literature, or pedagogical theory and praxis related to these topics. We invite papers that explore these or other “migration” topics through an analysis of issues of navigation/negotiation of the sociocultural borders and barriers in American society as represented in several genres of American Literature before 1870 – novels, short stories, poems, non-fiction prose, slave narratives, essays, speeches, sermons, and letters. For further conference information: Please submit a 300-500 word abstract by April 27th, to Anne Herbert, Bradley University,

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