Architecture, Space, and Literature (PAMLA, Oct. 31—Nov. 2, 2014 in Riverside, CA)
Most literary works take place within the context of some sort of constructed space, e.g. a house, an office, a transit node, a place of worship, a place of performance. The constraints and opportunities of such a setting often contribute to our understanding of characters, actions and ideas. Architecture also provides a rich system of tropes by which readers and writers can define important elements of text either literally or figuratively.
We are seeking proposals for a panel titled "Architecture, Space, and Literature" that will take place at the 2014 annual meeting of the Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association in Riverside, California. Although this year's conference theme is "Familiar Spirits," proposals are welcome on literary works across a broad variety of genres and time periods.
Please submit your proposal via the PAMLA website: http://www.pamla.org/2014/proposals