Spirit/Theory/Thoreau at ALA, May 22 – 25, 2014. Deadline 1/15/14

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American Literature Association
23rd Annual Conference, Washington DC
May 22 – 25, 2014
CFP for Roundtable Discussion sponsored by the Thoreau Society
Kristen Case and Rochelle Johnson, Organizers


Given the wealth of recent theoretical work on the nature of matter, what might we learn from a new engagement with its Romantic complement, spirit? How might contemporary developments in transatlantic studies, religious studies, critical theory, and philosophy enrich our understanding of this central node of the American Renaissance? How does Thoreauvian (and/or Emersonian) spirit relate to the philosophical materialism of the 19th (or 21st) century? This roundtable discussion will be in dialogue with the Thoreau Society's panel discussion "Nature/Theory/Thoreau." Please send queries or one-page abstracts (for a 7-minute presentation) by January 15, 2014, to: kristen.case@maine.edu.