CFP: Folklore in Literature (4/15/06; MMLA, 11/9/06-11/12/06)

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Folklore in Literature (Special Topic Session)
Midwest Modern Language Association Convention
November 9-12
Palmer House Hilton
Chicago, Illinois

This panel explores the uses of folklore in American Literature. Folklore
is generated at all levels of culture, but often it is considered a “low”
or less valued form of expression. On the other hand, fiction and poetry
(in particular) are often considered more elevated forms. This session
explores what happens when the low and the high meet. What happens when
writers incorporate folkloric elements in fiction or poetry? How are the
lore and literary genre transformed? What are the cultural and literary
implications of such mergers? Is it possible to retain the folkloric in
literary forms? Papers on the uses of folklore in literature by any
American author welcome. Send 250 word abstracts to
Deadline: April 15.

Genevieve West, PhD
Associate Professor
Department of Languages and Literature
ASC 3080
820 Campus Drive
Ferris State University
Big Rapids, MI 49307

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