Alexander McCall Smith's Humane Worlds: Finding Room for Delight in the Canon; March 21-24, 2013

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Northeast Modern Language Association (NEMLA) 44th Annual Convention, Boston
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This panel seeks to explore and critique Alexander McCall Smith's fiction, while implicitly or explicitly commenting on the academy's willingness to accept popular and escapist literature. There is much to enjoy and consider in his writing, but as yet, he is primarily treated as 'merely' a writer of popular fiction. This panel invites papers that will seriously consider his work, the pleasures of reading, and the relationship of each to the academy. Please send 250-500 word abstracts to Nicole Willey at