America's Civil War Then and Now, Home and Abroad

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2010 ACLA Conference, New Orleans, April 1-4, 2010
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Now seeking proposals for the following seminar at the 2010 ACLA conference in New Orleans from April 1-4.

As a principal port and cosmopolitan heart of the Confederacy, New Orleans was an early target for the Union forces during the Civil War. Captured early on, it was spared the destruction of other Southern cities. The story of New Orleans's Civil War, then, is one of tension, occupation, and observation from afar. This panel will draw inspiration from New Orleans's position as both intimately involved (New Orleans' Memorial Hall boasts the second largest collection of Confederate memorabilia in the country) and yet removed from most of the war's violence to examine representations and remembrances of the American Civil War.

Almost 150 years later, how does the Civil War continue to influence literature and cultural studies in this country? How do we understand the legacy of the war, and the rupture of the United States, and how do its echoes continue to impact our work as critics? How was the war viewed around the globe, and does it maintain an influence at all akin to its position in New Orleans? This panel seeks presentations on both twenty-first century understandings of the war and reconsiderations of Civil War texts, from Melville to Crane, as well as theoretical considerations that draw on the Civil War's complex relationships with race, violence, and region.

Proposal deadline is November 13, 2009.

For full information about the conference's unique seminar format and to submit paper proposals, please go to:

Questions or more information can be directed to Aaron Shackelford (