CFP: A Debt of Gratitude to 1930s Literary America / MMLA 2012 / DUE 07/16

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Marnie Sullivan, Mercyhurst University
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This special section panel seeks to affirm the ongoing relevance of 1930s American culture with papers that provide critical analysis of fiction, poetry, and drama of the period for the 54th Annual M/MLA Convention in Cincinnati, Ohio from November 8-11, 2012. The 1930s is a decade that has had a profound impact shaping American identity. It was a period marked by incomparable contradiction and complexity that saw the depths of an unprecedented economic depression and the elevation of American life into the modern age. Papers may address the great writers of the decade that have been erased by succeeding generations like Tess Slessinger and Muna Lee, or great American writers who are not associated with the writing they published in the 1930s like Langston Hughes and F. Scott Fitzgerald. Papers that consider the literary legacy of the period are particularly welcome. Submit electronic abstracts of 200 words with contact information to Marnie Sullivan at by Monday, July 16th.