RUST BELT (Great Lakes/ Great Books)

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Northeast Modern Language Association
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Seminar Session at NeMLA 2012 (Rochester) considers 'Rust Belt' as place/condition/plotline. Session examines literary responses to urban centers, presupposing industrial stagnation & political intransigence (Cleveland Rochester Toronto Detroit/Windsor Duluth) Looks to fiction by Wideman, Susan Power, Ondaatje, Jeffery Allen, M. Attwood, Eugenides, Alex Shakar. Asks how writers define Rust Belt? 'Region?' 'Local epic?' 'Workshop of the Nation?' or 'Republic's Slop Sink?' Have its writers produced 'last books of 20th century?' 300-500 words & bio or questions to:
M. Antonucci ( by September 21, 2011.