CFP: Reel Mobsters / Fictional Gangsters (9/15/07; NEMLA, 4/10/08-4/13/08)

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Galante, Paul A.
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Call for Papers

"Reel Mobsters/Fictional Gangsters in Literature, Film and Television"

39th Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
April 10-13, 2008
Buffalo, New York

Despite the fact that organized crime is perceived to be on the decline in the
21st century, the mythic power of the Mafia and the gangster is still strong
in American popular culture, partly due to the ongoing interest in television
series like The Sopranos and The Black Donnellys and films like The Departed.
 This panel seeks papers that analyze recent cultural productions that explore
how gangster films, television series, and fiction about Italian and Irish
mobsters offer rich narrative spaces for exploring and articulating American
cultural anxieties and desires about ethnicity, gender, immigration, class,
urban space, sexuality and race. Of particular interest are papers that focus
on recent cultural productions that represent Italian American and Irish
mobsters (or other racial/ethnic crime groups) in the 21st century. Please
send 250 word abstracts in body of e-mail to Paul Galante at

Deadline: September 15, 2007

Please include with your abstract:

Name and Affiliation
Email address
Postal address
Telephone number
A/V requirements (if any)

The complete Call for Papers for the 2008 Convention will be posted in June:
Interested participants may submit abstracts to more than one NeMLA panel;
however panelists can only present one paper. Convention participants may
present at a paper session panel and also present at a creative session or
participate in a roundtable.

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