Native South: Past, Present, and Future -- MLA Chicago 2014
The Society for the Study of Southern Literature seeks paper proposals for a sponsored panel at the 2014 MLA Convention in Chicago, January 9-12.
The past few years have seen increased attention to the Native South. With both the publication of the ground-breaking anthology _The People Who Stayed: Southeastern Writing After Removal_ and a renewed focus on a diverse early south, southern studies and Native American studies are finding new points of dialogue.
While this panel seeks papers that address any intersection of Native American and southern literature, we are especially interested in proposals that address the perils and possibilities for imagining the Native South as a field of study. What does a focus on the Native American past, present, and future in the region allow us to imagine anew? What are the dangers in calling upon the "south" as a discreet region that maps onto long pre-existing Native nations and communities? Ultimately, what do southern literary studies and Native American literary studies have to say to one another across the deep time of the region?