New World Histories: Contemporary Literature and the Early Americas (5/28/09; 5/13/10)

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Jennifer James/Early American Borderlands Conference
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New World Histories: Contemporary Literature and the Early Americas

Seeking papers for panel on 20th/21st literature set in the early Americas for the "Early American Borderlands Conference," St. Augustine, Florida, May 13-16, 2009, sponsored by the Society of Early Americanists. Following the conference theme, this panel will consider how contemporary American literatures depict encounter: more specifically, the ways this body of work complicates dominant narratives of contact (such as settlement, war, conversion, slavery, and empire) found in early American texts. Especially welcome are papers treating encounters among indigenous Americans and Africans, and exploring geographies beyond the North American British colonies. Some works might include Artiseo Brio, The Devil in Texas; Thomas Pynchon, Mason Dixon; Leslie Marmon Silko, Almanac of the Dead; Toni Morrison, A Mercy; Gayl Jones, Corregidora; Ana Castillo; Sapogonia: An anti-romance in 3/8 meter; John Barth, The Sotweed Factor; Maryse Conde, I Tituba; Black Witch of Salem.

Please e-mail 1 page abstracts and brief C.V. to Jennifer James, Associate Professor, English; The George Washington University:
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