Charles W. Chesnutt sessions at American Literature Association Conference, San Francisco, May 27-30, 2010

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Charles W. Chesnutt Association

The Charles W. Chesnutt Association will sponsor two sessions at the American Literature Association Conference at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco in Embarcadero Center on May 27-30, 2010.

Session One: Influences on Chesnutt's thinking and writing; Chesnutt's influence on the thinking and works of others. This session will focus on literary, social, political, and/or cultural influences that affected Chesnutt's thinking and writing (fiction and non-fiction). The following might be considered in relation to this topic: literary movements—and authors associated with those movements—during Chesnutt's lifetime (Romanticism, Realism, Naturalism, local color, Modernism, Harlem Renaissance, Africana) and/or any works that convey Chesnutt's influence during or after his lifetime; socio-political issues (Jim Crow, Progressivism, suffrage/disfranchisement, Imperialism, education, employment, etc.); cultural influences (cinema, drama, art, music, dress, travel, technology, etc.).

Session Two: Open Topic.
Sessions with four presenters will be limited to 15 minute presentations; sessions with three presenters will be limited to 20 minute presentations.

Please email two-page abstracts of papers and a two-page cv by January 15, 2010, to the program chair:

Susan Prothro Wright;

The American Literature Association's 21st annual conference will meet at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco in Embarcadero Center on May 27-30, 2010 (Thursday through Sunday of Memorial Day weekend). The deadline for all proposals is January 30, 2010. For further information, please consult the ALA website at or contact the conference director, Professor Alfred Bendixen of Texas A & M University at with specific questions.