Panel in Honor of Louise Erdrich--Society for the Study of Midwestern Literature Symposium, East Lansing, MI, May 12-14, 2011

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Society for the Study of Midwestern Literature
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skosiba@troy.edu

A Panel in Honor of Louise Erdrich
Winner of the 2011 Mark Twain Award for Contributions to Midwestern Literature

41st Annual Symposium of the Society for the Study of Midwestern Literature
May 12-14, 2011, Michigan State University Union, East Lansing, Michigan
Panel Co-Chairs: Sara Kosiba, Troy University, and Christian Knoeller, Purdue University

As an author who was both born in the Midwest and who has set many of her novels and other writing in the region, the work of Louise Erdrich represents a significant contribution to Midwestern literature. This panel seeks papers that explore any of her literary or nonfiction works, particularly for their connections to the Midwestern landscape and cultures. Possible topics might include the role of Midwestern settings in her novels and stories, the substantial presence of Native American cultures and traditions in the region, the “Midwesternness” of her characters, or other topics that examine her work and its contribution to the region’s literature.

Please send a brief proposal (250 words) to skosiba@troy.edu by January 1, 2011. More information about the Society for the Study of Midwestern Literature and the Annual Symposium can be found at www.ssml.org.

cfp categories: 
american
ethnicity_and_national_identity
twentieth_century_and_beyond