"Re-visioning Alcott: Her Impact on the Work of Later Writers and Artists," Annual conference of the American Literature Associa

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Beverly Lyon Clark / The Louisa May Alcott Society
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Writers as esteemed and influential as Gertrude Stein, Adrienne Rich, Cynthia Ozick, and J. K. Rowling have acknowledged a debt to Louisa May Alcott. References to and re-visionings of Alcott's writing and life have appeared in the work of such authors as Joyce Carol Oates, Barbara Kingsolver, Geraldine Brooks, Lynda Barry, and many others. Alcott's work has also been translated to stage and screen, in such forms as musicals, mini-series, and anime. And dozens of artists have created illustrations, including May Alcott, Frank Merrill, Jessie Willcox Smith, Norman Rockwell, Barbara Cooney, and Tasha Tudor. This session will seek to trace Alcott's impact on the work of writers and artists who have come after, and will consider how engagement with her work—fleeting or substantial—makes meaning in these later settings and perhaps revises our thinking about Alcott. Please send 200-300 word abstracts electronically to Bev Clark at bclark@wheatonma.edu. The deadline for proposals is Monday, January 21, 2013. Early submissions welcome.