Arthur Miller and the Contemporary Mind (May 23-26, 2013)

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American Literature Association and The Arthur Miller Society
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American Literature Association
24th Annual Conference
Conference Location and Dates: Boston, Massachusetts. May 23-26, 2013.

Arthur Miller Society Panel, Theme: Arthur Miller and the Contemporary Mind

The centennial of Arthur Miller's birth is just three years away: October 2015. Many of his greatest plays were written 60 years ago, and certainly culture, communication, and our understanding of the human condition has changed radically since then. Yet Miller's works continue to be widely produced internationally and to resonate with issues in contemporary society and new developments in literary and psychological theory. The Arthur Miller Society will host a session at the ALA Conference on the general theme of the sources of Miller's continued relevance to our culture and to our understanding of the fundamental ways in which people move through delusion to discover meaning in their lives. The Society invites analyses of Miller's plays, stories, and essays; comments on recent productions of his plays; comparisons of Miller's views to those of other writers; biographical investigations of events in Miller's life; discussions of Miller's work in light of recent developments in literary and psychological theory; accounts of the relevance of Miller's views to contemporary cultural and political issues; and any other approaches that address sources of the continued significance of Miller for our times and our understanding of ourselves.

Proposal Submission Deadline and Guidelines: Proposals must be received by January 14, 2013. Please limit proposals to no more than 300 words and send them as MS Word email attachments to David Palmer, Humanities Department, Massachusetts Maritime Academy: email Please include the following information:
• Your name, title (student, faculty, independent scholar) and academic affiliation
• Your contact information
• The title of your presentation
• A proposal of no more than 300 words
• Information about any audio-visual or computer equipment you will need

Additional information about the conference and the society may be found at the American Literature Association (ALA) website ( and at the website of The Arthur Miller Society (