James Fenimore Cooper panels, ALA, San Francisco, CA, May 27-30, 2010. Deadline January 10, 2010.

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Matthew Sivils/Iowa State University
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Call for Papers


21st Annual Conference

American Literature Association


May 27-30, 2010

San Francisco, CA


The James Fenimore Cooper Society invites paper proposals for its session at the 21st Annual Conference of the American Literature Association, to be held in San Francisco, May 27-30, 2010.


The Cooper Society will offer two sessions: (1) a general panel seeking papers on any aspect of Cooper's life or work, and (2) a specialized panel focusing on the teaching of Cooper in the college classroom. For the second panel, special preference will be given to papers devoted to the teaching of works other than the Leather-Stocking Tales.

Papers should be 20 minutes (6-8 pages) in length. Brief discussion will follow the presentations. Papers must be read in person by the author, except in the case of last-minute emergencies. Presenters need not be members of the James Fenimore Cooper Society, though we certainly hope they will choose to join. According to ALA guidelines, presenters may give only one paper at the Conference. 


Papers presented at the conference will, with their authors'permission, be published in the JamesFenimore Cooper Society Miscellaneous Papers series and made available online at the Cooper Society website. Papers may be mildly revised for publication. Generally, proposals for papers intended for the Miscellaneous Papers will receive preference.


Paper proposals should include the paper title, an abstract (approximately 300 words in length), and an indication of whether or not thepaper may be published in the Miscellaneous Papers.


Proposals should be submitted no later than January 10, 2010 to


Matthew Wynn Sivils, Assistant Professor of English

Department of English, 203 Ross Hall

Iowa State University, Ames, IA 50011-1201



E-mail submission is preferred.

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