Some Crazy Cliff -- the image of crisis in American Culture

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American Studies Association -- Nov 21-24, D.C.
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From Elsie's plunge off a cliff in _Birth of a Nation_, to _The Catcher in the Rye_'s dream of shielding children from the danger of falling over "some crazy cliff," to the recent rhetoric of the "fiscal cliff" -- papers that analyze the use and manipulation of the prime image of crisis -- the cliff -- in American culture. 250-300 word abstracts + full contact information by January 20, noon.