ALA 2014: Late Whitman

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American Literature Association 25th Annual Conference
May 22 – 25, 2014
Washington DC


Late Whitman, Whitman's Lateness (Sponsored by the Walt Whitman Studies Association)

Though Whitman's late work has received periodic attention, it has largely been neglected in the contexts of both criticism and biography. This panel seeks papers addressing any aspect of Whitman's post-Reconstruction work. We are particularly interested in papers that: (1) address the work appearing in the "Annexes" to Leaves of Grass ; (2) situate Whitman's late work more fully in relation to cultural histories of age and aging; (3) view Whitman's late work in relation to theoretical conceptions of authorial late style, past or present; (4) trace the continued presence of a distinctly late Whitman in subsequent literary culture; or (5) consider reasons for the relative neglect of Whitman's late work.

Please send one-page abstracts electronically no later than January 15, 2014 to Anton Vander
Zee ( ).