A Scranton Party: History, Humor and the Spark of Imagination

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Pennsylvania College English Association

A Scranton Party: History, Humor, and the Spark of Imagination
April 12-14, 2012
Hilton Scranton Hotel and Conference Center
100 Adams Avenue, Scranton, PA 18503

On December 6, 1880, a month before Thomas Edison received his patent for the electric light bulb, the Dickson Locomotive Works installed electric lights. Soon after, Scranton's steel mills followed suit. In the next fifteen years, the city introduced electric street lights, and in 1886, the nation's first street car system to run exclusively on electric power. By the 1920's, many private homes had adopted electric power, and the city's power plants had been consolidated into the Scranton Electric Company, earning Scranton the nickname, The Electric City.
Such technological advancement only enhanced Scranton's reputation as a magnet for popular theatrical entertainment that rivaled New York and Philadelphia. Well before Dunder Mifflin opened for business, the city's theatres hosted James O'Neill as the Count of Monte Cristo and Ethel Barrymore in The Laughing Lady. Shakespeare's comedies and tragedies shared the stage with new plays by up-and-coming playwrights, and Scranton became a proving ground for productions that did, and often did not, make it to Broadway. Popular vaudeville shows entertained audiences through the early 21st century. The discriminating taste of Scranton's theatre critics and audiences gave rise to the saying, "If you can play Scranton, you can play anywhere."
PCEA 2012 invites proposals for original creative works and critical interpretations that celebrate our theme and our host city's rich culture and history, including work, industry, and the theatre. We also welcome all proposals related to the study and/or teaching of literature, film, composition and linguistics, as well as creative works.
Proposals are due by February 15, 2012, and should include the following information:
Institutional Affiliation (if applicable)
Mailing Address (including zip code)
Phone number
E-mail address
Title of proposed presentation
250-500 word abstract
A-V equipment needs, if any
Special needs, if any

Submit proposals by email to the PCEA Program Chair at pceascranton2012@gmail.com.
• Presenters must join PCEA in order to participate.
• To preserve time for discussion, PCEA limits individual presentations to 15 minutes.
Please note this important change to the 2012 PCEA conference:
Undergraduate student participation is limited to faculty-organized and led panels. Faculty organizers should submit panel information, including contact information and abstracts to the program chair. Individual undergraduate proposals will not be accepted. Undergraduate students are welcome to attend the conference.

PCEA 2011 Graduate Student Writing Contest
Graduate students who submit an abstract for a presentation at the PCEA 2011 Conference (or who will be part of a pre-arranged panel) are also invited to compete for the PCEA Best Student Paper Awards. Awards are given in three separate categories:
• Critical Essay
• Creative Poetry
• Creative Prose
These awards carry a small monetary prize. Students who compete must be PCEA members. Award winners will also be considered for publication in PCEA's journal, Pennsylvania English.

Contest Submission Information
To compete, submit the complete work no later than February 15, 2012 to the PCEA Program Chair at pceascranton2012@gmail.com.
• Designate "PCEA Contest Entry" in the subject line of the email
• Include the title of the work and the author's name in the email message.
• Remove student's name from the work.
• Submit papers as MS Word documents attached to email.
Submissions of critical work should be the equivalent of a conference paper, including notes and works cited (max. 12 pages), and follow MLA format for documentation and citation. For creative work, submit 10-15 pages of double-spaced prose (fiction or creative non-fiction) or 4-6 poems. No mixed genre submissions, please. Contest entrants must present their papers at the conference to receive prizes.
Papers received after the deadline will not be considered.