"Mapping Real-and-Imagined Places," MLA 2013 (deadline 10 March '12)
Dickens's London, Faulkner's Yoknapatawpha, Tolkien's Middle-earth, Mieville's Bas-Lag ... Whether endeavoring to present a realistic picture of a well known geographical locale or projecting a purely fantastic otherworld, narrative fiction frequently maps the "real-and-imagined" spaces (as Edward Soja has labeled them) of our world. This panel will explore such literary cartography or geocriticism in works of realism, fantasy, or other. Please send a 250-word abstract and brief CV to Robert T. Tally Jr. at firstname.lastname@example.org by March 10, 2012.