CFP: Pauline Hopkins and Washington D.C.

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Pauline Elizabeth Hopkins Society
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Call for Papers
American Literature Association
25th Annual Conference
May 22-25, 2014
Hyatt Regency, Capitol Hill

Session Sponsored By
The Pauline Elizabeth Hopkins Society

Panel: Pauline Hopkins and Washington D.C.
As a writer with a keen interest in national politics at a crucial moment in American history, Pauline Hopkins frequently referred to the District of Columbia in her writings, both journalistic and literary. From the historical fiction of Hagar's Daughter, which incorporates the built environment and the political milieu of the antebellum United States in its dramatic action, to comments on American domestic and foreign policy in the Colored American, Washington D.C.'s location as the center of an emergent modern world and the liminal space between southern antiquity and northern modernity figures significantly in Hopkins's work. This panel seeks contributions that address any aspect of Washington D.C. in Pauline Hopkins's writing, including but not limited to discussions of built environment, material culture, historical fiction, political protest, geography, and temporality.

One-page proposals in Microsoft Word or PDF format should be submitted to Colleen O'Brien, Program Committee Chair, at by 1/24/14. Please include a brief bio (200 words) or one-page CV with your proposal. Panelists should plan for a presentation lasting no more than fifteen minutes. Reference "ALA: Hopkins Panel" in the subject line. Membership in the PEHS is required in order to present a paper. Please contact Eric Gardner, Membership Officer, at for membership information.