NEMLA – APRIL 2014. The River in the Novel: Space, Place, Flow

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Paul Carranza / Northeast Modern Language Association

This panel will focus on the river as one of those spaces that offer a privileged point of entry into considerations of the novel as a form. In taking this approach, the panel will engage with theories of space and place that have become so influential in recent theorizations of the novel and its development. These approaches have focused on spaces such as the open sea; the island; and most famously, Bakhtin's influential "chronotope of the road." Less has been done on the river in the novel, despite interpretations of the river in individual novels such as Huckleberry Finn and Heart of Darkness. Papers may include discussions of the river as symbol of a place or region; the river as an avenue of commerce; the river and the idea of "sources"; and the river in ecocritical approaches to the novel. Please send 250-300 word abstracts to Paul Carranza,

Deadline: September 30, 2013
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The 2014 NeMLA convention continues the Association's tradition of sharing innovative scholarship in an engaging and generative location. This capitol city set on the Susquehanna River is known for its vibrant restaurant scene, historical sites, the National Civil War museum, and nearby Amish Country, antique shops and Hershey Park. NeMLA has arranged low hotel rates of $104-$124.

The 2014 event will include guest speakers, literary readings, professional events, and workshops. A reading by George Saunders will open the Convention. His 2013 collection of short fiction, The Tenth of December, has been acclaimed by the New York Times as "the best book you'll read this year." The Keynote speaker will be David Staller of Project Shaw.

Interested participants may submit abstracts to more than one NeMLA session; however, panelists can only present one paper (panel or seminar). Convention participants may present a paper at a panel and also present at a creative session or participate in a roundtable.