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Giving Voice to the Dead: Haunted Histories and Living Landscapes in Literature
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Pennsylvania College English Association
March 14-16, 2013
During three days of battle, the landscape of Gettysburg was forever altered. What was once a small town and farming community was transformed into a memorial site that would be haunted by the lives lost and changed in the war. While many of the battlefields have been preserved, the events that took place on them have inscribed deeper meanings into the landscape and left traces that resonate within the American cultural psyche as we project our national narrative onto the landscape itself. The significance of Gettysburg in the American national narrative speaks in part to a question of our relationship to landscapes, both as physical places and as mental topographies shaped by our experiences and our imaginations. This year’s theme focuses on stories of our past and present, on the way we engage with history and the landscapes we inhabit.
PCEA invites proposals for critical interpretations and original creative works that celebrate any aspect of our theme. We also welcome all proposals related to the study and/or teaching of literature, film, composition and linguistics, as well as creative work.
Proposals are due by January 30, 2013, and should include the following information:
Submit proposals by email to the PCEA Program Chair at firstname.lastname@example.org.
PCEA 2013 Graduate Student Writing Contest
Submissions of critical work should be the equivalent of a conference paper, including notes and works cited (max. 12 pages), and follow MLA format for documentation and citation. For creative work, submit 8-12 pages of double-spaced prose (fiction or creative non-fiction) or 4-6 poems. No mixed genre submissions, please. Contest entrants must present their papers at the conference to receive prizes.
Critical or creative entries that do not follow submission guidelines and those that are received after the deadline will not be considered.