Apocalypse Literature Panel, American Literature Association

full name / name of organization: 
Amanda Wicks, Louisiana State University
contact email: 
awicks4@lsu.edu

Apocalypse, post-apocalypse, atomic and nuclear narratives have increasingly shifted from the science fiction genre to pervade American literature as a whole. Authors such as Thomas Pynchon, Don DeLillo and Cormac McCarthy, among many others, consider historical or imagined catastrophes that usher in new sensibilities, while simultaneously shattering connections to the past. Traditionally, apocalypse narratives attempt to assert order and coherence where none previously existed. Does apocalypse literature still presume control over disaster? What has apocalypse literature come to signify in the U.S.? What does apocalypse literature offer? How have imagined or real endings come to be portrayed in American literature?

This panel seeks papers pertaining to any variation of apocalypse literature as it appears in nineteenth, twentieth and twenty-first century American literature. Papers are welcome that explore specific authors and novels, or examine theoretical and critical approaches to apocalypse literature. Please submit an abstract of 250 words to Amanda Wicks at awicks4@lsu.edu by December 15, 2010.

cfp categories: 
african-american
american
cultural_studies_and_historical_approaches
ecocriticism_and_environmental_studies
ethnicity_and_national_identity
gender_studies_and_sexuality
interdisciplinary
modernist studies
popular_culture
postcolonial
rhetoric_and_composition
science_and_culture
theory
twentieth_century_and_beyond