CFP: [Ethnic] American Literature after the American Century

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gioia woods
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 We are seeking proposals for a collection of critical essays exploring
American Literature after the “American Century.” With this volume, we
hope to begin a critical discussion of how American literature has
responded to the highly charged social and political climate during the
early years of the 21st century. What characterizes literary
preoccupations after the 20th century, the so-called “American Century?”
How has American fiction incorporated or resisted social, cultural,
economic and political events in the 21st century? How are American
writers responding to nationalism and American identity? What is the mood
of American literature in the face of the nation's perceived decline in
economic and cultural influence around the globe? What themes seem to be
preoccupying American literature at this time?

We are especially seeking papers that consider ethnicity, gender, power,
and class in 21st century literature.

Please send abstracts of 250-500 words by August 31 to and

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