"Making Meaning at the End of the World: Apocalyptic Texts" [SAMLA Nov. 8-10] Abstracts by 6/7

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Lynne M. Simpson / College English Association
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SAMLA 2013 Conference
Conference Theme: "Cultures, Contexts, Images, and Texts: Making Meaning in Print, Digital, and Networked Worlds"
November 8-10, 2013
Marriott Atlanta Buckhead Hotel & Conference Center
Atlanta, Georgia 30326

As R.E.M., that great band from Athens, Georgia, famously sang, "It's the end of the world as we know it, and I feel fine." What is driving our current American obsession with the apocalypse? Papers that explore imagined endings from environmental disasters to zombie invasions are welcome. What do apocalyptic literature, television, and film mean for us culturally, and what might we discern from these often cautionary tales?

Please send abstracts of around 500 words to Lynne Simpson at lsimpson@presby.edu by June 7.

Lynne M. Simpson, Ph.D.
Prof. of English
Presbyterian College
Clinton, SC 29325
and
Board of Directors
College English Association