Toni Morrison Society at American Literature Association Conference May 27-30, 2010

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American Literature Association
21st Annual Conference

Dates: May 27-30, 2010

Location: Hyatt Regency San Francisco
In Embarcadero Center
5 Embarcadero Center
San Francisco, CA 94111

Conference Director: Alfred Bendixen
Texas A & M University

Conference Fee: For those who pre-register before April 15, 2010: $85
($50 for Graduate Students, Independent Scholars, and Retired Faculty)
After April 15, the fees are $100 and $60

Participants must be members of the Toni Morrison Society
Membership information can be found at

Send proposals (250/500 words as well as academic affiliation) to Alma Jean Billigslea at and Yvonne Atkinson at Deadline for proposals: January 20, 2010.
Panel #1: Hospitality in Morrison's Fiction
Migration, internationalization, globalization and transnationalism are all phenomena which have given the reception and welcoming of strangers a particular cast in the 21st century. Linked to Morrison's 2007 curatorial project on the Foreigner's Home, this panel invites papers to consider the concept of hospitality in Morrison's fiction. Papers might explore the laws of common, conditional hospitality, the ethics of unconditional hospitality, the relationship between host, guest or stranger or hospitality as an interruption of self.
Panel # 2: Aurality: Music and Sound in Morrison's
While oral traditions from folk vernacular to Black English have been focal points of studies of Toni Morrison's texts, this panel invites papers that consider aurality in Morrison's works. While written texts are not usually consider to be in any way aural, Morrison's works thrum with sound. In an interview for the National Visionary Leadership Project, Morrison talks about the aurality of her community and her text when she says, the "quality of richness" is in the "history of songs and tales told." Papers might explore strategies, forms or styles that re-create sound, song and music in Morrison's narratives (or fiction) or the relationship between written and oral texts.