Theorizing Regionalism in the Nineteenth Century

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Kerin Holt
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I’d like to invite papers for a proposed panel on the topic of regionalism in the nineteenth century. This panel will be proposed for the inaugural conference of the Society of Nineteenth-Century Americanists (C19) to be held at Pennsylvania State University from May 20-23, 2010.

Regionalism has long been an important category in the field of nineteenth-century American literature. With the rise of postnational, transnational, hemispheric, and global approaches in the field of literary studies, however, critical conceptions of regions and regional representation are undergoing significant change. This panel invites papers that are interested in developing new models for studying regionalism in the nineteenth century. While papers exploring the representation of specific regions in the literary works of the period are welcome, of particular interest are papers that attempt to theorize regionalism as a critical discourse. Papers that examine regionalism in terms of its relationship to the discourse of nationalism or its transnational dimensions are especially encouraged. Please send an abstract of no more than 250 words and a brief CV to Kerin Holt ( by Sept. 20.

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