Teaching Contemporary Lit (roundtable, ALA, May 22-25, 2014; due Jan 1, 2014)

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Society for Contemporary Literature
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The Society for Contemporary Literature invites 300-word abstracts for contributions to a roundtable at the 25th annual conference of the American Literature Association to be held in Washington, DC. The program committee welcomes abstracts on any aspect of teaching American literature published in the last 25 years.

The roundtable format consists of several short (8-10 minute) presentations, with discussion and Q/A for the remainder of the session. Sample syllabi, specific approaches, and effective lessons are encouraged. Suggestions for teaching undergraduate courses ranging from general education to senior seminars welcome.

Starting points for discussion include the following:
• Theoretical approaches/methodology
• Principles of text selection
• Integration of other media analysis (film, pop culture)
• Lineages/influences/comparative studies
• Genre blurring & theories of genre
• Textual analysis
• Ethnicity, gender, narrative identity
• Post-9/11 literature
• Postmodern texts with integrated technology
• Developments in the graphic novel
• Memoir, creative nonfiction, poetry, emerging genres

Please send 300-word abstracts and one-paragraph bio statements to Karen Weekes (kweekes@psu.edu) by January 1, 2014; submissions should be sent via email with the subject line "SCL Teaching abstract." Note that roundtable participation can occur in addition to the single presentation allowed to individuals at this conference.