Adapting Classical Myths and Themes in Canadian Literature

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NeMLA; 21-24 March 2013; Boston, Mass.

Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
44th Annual Convention
21-24 March 2013
Boston, Massachusetts
Host Institution: Tufts University

Call for Papers:
Adapting Classical Myths and Themes in Canadian Literature

Adaptations of classical myths and themes have garnered considerable critical attention in England, France, Ireland, and the US but have as yet received limited attention in Canada. This panel welcomes proposals that examine the significance of re-narrating, adapting, and appropriating classical myths or themes within Canadian literature of any time period. How have the Classics inspired and transformed the texts of Margaret Atwood, Sheila Watson, Leonard Cohen, Tomson Highway, A.F. Moritz, Malcolm Lowry, Anne Carson, or others? What do their retellings indicate about Canadian lands, peoples, or societies? Or about the Ancient World? Or even about the nature of story itself? Please send 300 word abstracts and a short bio to Kelly C. MacPhail (McGill University) at: by September 30, 2012. Other Canadian literature panels at NeMLA include Canadian Urban Identities, The Geographies of Alice Munro, and Transnational Canadian Writing.

Submission Deadline: September 30, 2012
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The 2013 NeMLA convention continues the Association's tradition of sharing innovative scholarship in an engaging and generative location. The 44th annual event will be held in historic Boston, Massachusetts, a city known for its national and maritime history, academic facilities and collections, vibrant art, theatre, and food scenes, and blend of architecture. The Convention, located centrally near Boston Commons and the Theatre District at the Hyatt Regency, will include keynote and guest speakers, literary readings, film screenings, tours, and workshops.

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