21st-Century American Literature

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Proposed Collection of Essays

We are looking for essays to round out a proposed collection that explores American literature – or literature about America – written since the year 2000. What characterizes American literature in the early years of the 21st century, a decade in which many have marked as the end of the so-called "American Century"? What differentiates 21st century literature from 20th century literature? What themes continue from the 20th to the 21st centuries, and to what purpose? How have political, cultural, international, and economic events of the past decade challenged America's perception of itself or introduced new elements to the national narrative? Indeed, what is the role of literature itself in 21st century America? What does "literature" mean in the current moment?

Please submit proposals between 250-500 words – or completed essays – by February 1, 2010, to Gioia Woods (gioia.woods@nau.edu) and Lance Rubin (lance.rubin@arapahoe.edu).