[UPDATE] "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 Convention 2013
November 8-10, 2012
Marriott Atlanta Buckhead Hotel
Atlanta, Georgia 2013

"Making Meaning at the End of the World: Apocalyptic Texts"
Chair: Lynne Simpson, Presbyterian College
Affiliated Group: College English Association

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.