Detecting Nation: Formations of Nationhood and Subjectivity in Detective Fiction—NeMLA 2014 (3-6 April 2014)

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Northeast Modern Language Association, 45th Annual Convention

45th Annual Convention of the Northeast Modern Language Association
3-6 April 2014
Harrisburg, PA
Host: Susquehanna University

Boasting an international roster of authors and global acclaim, detective fiction is uniquely situated to convey and question national identities. As sleuths solve puzzles against narrative backdrops concealing the anxieties of nationalism, solving crime consequently becomes a struggle with myths of nationhood and national belonging. This panel will investigate the outcomes of detective fiction that destabilizes national identity. By 30 September 2013, send 300-word abstracts to Patrick Henry at with "Detective" as the subject.

Deadline: 30 September 2013
Please include with your abstract:
Name and Affiliation
Email address
A/V requirements ($10 handling fee with registration per person; two person per panel minimum for Media Projector)

The Northeast Modern Language Association's 45th annual convention in April, 2014 continues the Association's tradition of generative scholarship in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. 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 and antique shops. The 2014 event will include guest speakers, literary readings, professional events, and workshops. A reading by George Saunders will open the Convention.
NeMLA particularly welcomes sessions that relate to our location, including the River, the Civil War, and German immigration, as well as 2014 Anniversaries including World War I and the Civil Rights Act. In addition, NeMLA 2014 will have a special emphasis on drama and creative writing.

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.