Undercover America at MLA 2013 (3-6 January, Boston)

full name / name of organization: 
Laura Fisher
contact email: 
lrf243@nyu.edu

This panel examines the methodology and genre of the undercover narrative in U.S. literature. From slumming expeditions and Progressive-era social investigations to cross-class passages into the world of the waitress, factory laborer, and tramp, middle- and upper-class writers have undertaken the journey “down and out” in order to understand and represent workers and the poor in their work. What do such “experiments in misery” tell us about the role of class, and cross-class affiliation, in nineteenth- and twentieth-century American literature? This panel invites papers on any aspect of the American undercover narrative; please send an abstract of 300 words and a CV to Laura Fisher at lrf243@nyu.edu by March 5, 2012.

cfp categories: 
african-american
american
cultural_studies_and_historical_approaches
ethnicity_and_national_identity
gender_studies_and_sexuality
interdisciplinary
modernist studies
popular_culture
travel_writing
twentieth_century_and_beyond