"Architecture and Literature: Reading the Room" (1-3 November, San Diego); Proposal Deadline: 15 April

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Pacific Ancient and Modern Languages Association (PAMLA)

Most literary works take place within the context of some sort of constructed space, e.g. a house, an office, a transit node, a place of worship, a place of performance. The constraints and opportunities of such a setting often contribute to our understanding of characters, actions and ideas. Architecture also provides a rich system of tropes by which readers and writers can define important elements of text either literally or figuratively. This panel seeks papers on literary works from any genre, region or time period that consider the treatment of architecture as background, foreground, structural model or other component of the literary work or works in question.

Please send questions and proposals (approximately 500 words) to Christina Stevenson at stevensonlushbaugh@gmail.com Proposals will also need to submitted on the PAMLA website at www.pamla.org when it becomes active. Deadline: April 15, 2013.