NeMLA 2014: Amitav Ghosh at the Turn of the 21st Century (abstract Sept. 30)

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Adam Drury/SUNY University at Buffalo
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Call for Papers
45th Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA) April 3-6, 2014 Harrisburg, PA. Host: Susquehanna University
Session Title: Amitav Ghosh at the Turn of the 21st Century
Chair: Drury, Adam

This board-sponsored panel examines the novels and essays written by Amitav Ghosh from 2000 until the present. Possible areas of investigation include the evolution of Ghosh's methodology and writing style over the past 14 years, Ghosh's engagement with contemporary social, cultural, environmental, and (geo)political issues, and the literary influences that can be traced in his recent novels.

Please send all questions and submissions to (Adam Drury) by September 30, 2013. Include a 250 word abstract with a brief heading including name, affiliation, and any A/V requirements ($10 handling w/ registration).

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." NeMLA's Keynote Speaker will be David Staller, Producer and Director of Project Shaw. Mr. Staller presents monthly script-in-hand performances of Bernard Shaw's plays at the Players Club in New York City. 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.