CFP: [American] Literature in George W. Bush's America (10/31; ALA 5/22-5/25)

full name / name of organization: 
Lance Rubin
contact email: 
lance.rubin@arapahoe.edu

Looking for papers to complete a panel proposal for the American
Literature Association's annual conference in San Francisco over Memorial
Day Weekend.

“Literature in George W. Bush’s America” discusses how American
literature has responded to the highly charged social and political
climate during the years of the current Bush administration. The
polarization of the nation into “red” and “blue” states; the
controversial election of 2000; the attacks of 9/11; the “war on terror”;
the debate over torture and Abu Grahib; the status of civil rights in the
wake of the Patriot Act; America’s international reputation; the largely-
successful squelching of dissent; the influence of neo-conservative
ideology; military actions in Afghanistan and Iraq; the outspoken
religions views of the President and the increased influence of religious
conservatives in national politics; the rise of FOX News; the scandals at
Enron and other corporations; environmental concerns: these are only some
of the factors that have influenced American identity over the past
several years. This panel will discuss the literary responses to these
events and explore how they are shaping American literature in the 21st
century.

Please send 250-500 word abstract by October 31 via email to Lance Rubin
<lance.rubin_at_arapahoe.edu> or mail to Lance Rubin, Humanities Chair,
Arapahoe Community College, Littleton, CO 80160

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