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CFP: [American] The Panorama: C19th Texts and Contexts (no deadline; scholarly edition)

Saturday, August 11, 2007 - 8:44am
Laurie Garrison

Call for Contributors

The Panorama: Texts and Contexts of the Long Nineteenth Century

To be published with Pickering and Chatto


This four-volume scholarly edition in progress will make dozens of
printed texts associated with the panorama (eg, programs, handbills,
lectures, reviews) widely available for the first time. The collection
covers British and American material, stable and moving panoramas, the
Leicester Square Rotunda and various other more minor venues in England,
Scotland and America.


CFP: [American] The Louisville Conference on Literature Since 1900 2/21 - 2/23 2008

Saturday, August 11, 2007 - 2:07am
Marianne Cotugno

Animals and Twentieth Century Literature

This deliberately broad panel title hopes to attract a range of innovative
papers that explore the role animals play (and the uses to which they are
put) in twentieth century literature. All theoretical approaches are

The work of scholars in ecofeminism and posthumanism (as well as other
areas) continue to demonstrate how animal representations serve a range of
purposes as well as “masters” with all that the term entails and help to
raise both epistemological and ontological questions, including the nature
of subjectivity, agency, the construction of race, gender, and culture

CFP: [American] Becoming Indigenous: The Aesthetics of Place & Community in 20thC Amer. Lit. (NEMLA 4/10 - 4/13/08)

Tuesday, August 7, 2007 - 8:20pm
Josh A. Weinstein

“Becoming Indigenous: The Aesthetics of Place and Community in
Twentieth-Century American Literature” (9/15/07; NEMLA 4/10/08 - 4/13/08)

This panel seeks papers that investigate the importance of indigeneity in
twentieth-century environmental literature. We are especially interested in
texts that use aspects of Native American culture to establish ethical and
sustainable relationships to the land. Questions we hope to address
include: What does it mean to be a native of a particular region? How do
specific aesthetic forms facilitate a greater awareness of the natural
world? Why might indigeneity be indispensable to an ecological perspective?

CFP: [American] Early Native American Literature (9/15/07; NEMLA, 4/10/08-4/13/08)

Tuesday, August 7, 2007 - 6:01pm
Drew Lopenzina

Call for Papers:
Early Native American Literature
39th convention of the Northeast Modern Language Association (NEMLA)
Dates: April 10-13, 2008
Buffalo, NY

In his recent book, The People and the Word, Robert Warrior speaks of
a "strengthening of the historical arc of Native writing" to consider how
Native American literatures of the past might be of use to us today. This
panel invites papers that focus on pre-twentieth century Native writers
(or writers on the cusp of the 20th century)examining, among other things,
how these authors negotiated their private ambitions and needs alongside
traditional concerns and the demands of print discourse.

CFP: [American] American Cannibal: Empire and Embodiment from 1840 through 1940

Tuesday, August 7, 2007 - 5:53pm
Kathryn Dolan

Northeast Modern Language Association Convention
Buffalo, New York
April 10-13, 2008

In Moby Dick (1851), Herman Melville asks his readers, "Cannibals? who is
not a cannibal?" in order to force them to question definitions of
otherness. This panel will focus on a wide range of US/American authors
who discuss cannibals, literally and ironically, in their work from the
1840s through the 1940s. How do narratives of cannibalism inform and
critique the (still) growing nation? How does the United States become
embodied by its own stories?

CFP: [American] Environment and Environmentalism in the Americas

Monday, August 6, 2007 - 9:00pm
Douglas Boudreau

We are soliciting papers for the 2nd edition of the Mercyhurst Colloquium
on the Americas to be held March 7 and 8, 2008. The theme for this year
is “Environmentalities.” Papers may come from any discipline on any
topic discussing the peoples of the Americas and how they perceive/
relate to/ interact with the natural world. Possible topics include (but
are by no means limited to) environmental activism and indigenous
movements, literature/cinema and the environment, environment/ecology/
nature in politics, globalization and environmental justice, legacies of
Manifest Destiny, place and identity/ regionalism, eco-critical
approaches to literature/cinema/culture, environmental/ecological

CFP: [American] Essays about Midwestern Places

Monday, August 6, 2007 - 5:42pm
Linda Elizabeth Peterson

Essays about place

Call for proposals
for the 38th annual meeting of the
Society for the Study of Midwestern Literature

Writing the Midwest: A Symposium of Scholars, Creative Writers, and
May 8-10, 2008
Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI

Scott Russell Sanders has written recently, “We’re likely to flood, pave,
poison, or otherwise abuse land if we think of it merely as property or as
raw material for human designs. To think of land more intimately, more
reverently, we need the help of art.”

CFP: [American] Time in US Literature and Culture (9/15/07; NeMLA, 4/10/08-4/13/08)

Saturday, August 4, 2007 - 6:27am
Aimee Woznick

Time in US Literature and Culture
Northeast Modern Language Association Convention
Buffalo, New York
April 10-13, 2008

This panel seeks to explore the role of time in the US imaginary and to
develop the study of temporality as a foundation for thinking about
American literature and culture.

In crafting a submission, panelists might wish to consider questions of
duration, simultaneity, history, the present, or futurity in relation to
"the usable past," notions of progress, memory, Darwinian literary studies,
narratology, et cetera. Papers may explore any period or genre of US

CFP: [American] Justice and the Big Bad Man: Perspectives on Individual Responsibility (9/1/07, NEMLA 4/10/-4/13/08)

Friday, August 3, 2007 - 2:18pm
Chad B. Cripe

Justice and the Big Bad Man: Perspectives on Individual Responsibility

“We the People” take for granted the role of the government to provide
certain servicesâ€"administration, protection, securityâ€"in a fair and
impartial manner. Yet the impartiality of any given system of government
is often compromised. Oppression can be passive, due to red tape and
forms in triplicate that delay or deny justice, or aggressive, when
individuals within the system seek selfish rather than communal benefits.
When the system fails, what responsibilities can, should, and/or must the
individual assume?

CFP: [American] Shifting Notions of Turn-of-the-Century American Lyric (9/15/07; NeMLA, 4/10/08-4/13/08)

Thursday, August 2, 2007 - 6:28pm
Elissa Zellinger

Call for Papers

Shifting Notions of Turn-of-the-Century American Lyric

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

This panel will focus on the relationship between late-nineteenth-century American poetry,
naturalism, and realism. Like realist and naturalist fiction, poetry of the period engages with
radical and rapid changes; American lyric reflects these contradictions and flows in its form and
content. This panel is interested in the ways that social changes infuse vitality into the form, how
inherited traditions intersect and adjust to changing political and social circumstances.

CFP: [American] Black Writers and the Left ( 09/15/07; NEMLA, 04/10/08-04/13/08)

Thursday, August 2, 2007 - 5:29pm
Kristin Moriah

Northeast Modern Language Association 39th Annual Convention

April 10-13, 2008, Buffalo, New York

Panel: Black Writers and the Left

This panel will explore the connection between Marxism and African
American literature. Black writers who were involved with leftist
movements during the early part of the twentieth century included Claude
McKay, Chester Himes, Richard Wright and Ralph Ellison. Proposals that
explore the ways race complicated the role of the black writers involved
in leftist movements, and the ways these political movements influenced
their work are welcomed.

CFP: [American] CFP

Thursday, August 2, 2007 - 5:24pm
Michael J. Kiskis

The Winter 2009 issue of American Literary Realism will be devoted to Mark
Twain. Essays on any aspect of Mark Twain, from new approaches to
individual works to considerations of Twain in the company of other
writers, are encouraged. There is no specific theme or focus for this
special issue.

Deadline for essays is July 18, 2008 (the journal will go to the printer
in September, 2008). Please consult recent issues of ALR for style and

Queries or full essays should be sent to

Michael J. Kiskis
Humanities Division
Elmira College
One Park Place
Elmira, NY 14901

CFP: [American] H.D., Beyond Imagism

Thursday, August 2, 2007 - 4:41pm
William Waddell

Northeast Modern Language Association (NEMLA), April 10 â€" 13, 2008,
Buffalo, NY

H.D., Beyond Imagism

CFP: [American] Ecofeminism in American Literature (NEMLA 2008)

Thursday, August 2, 2007 - 4:09pm
Andrea Campbell

Ecofeminist theory continues to grow as environmental issues move more
into the spotlight. What this panel seeks is papers that explore
ecofeminism's presence in American literature. Why is it useful as a
tool of literary criticism? What does ecofeminist theory offer that
other theories do not? This panel is open to all time periods of
American literature and welcomes discussions of any authors. It also
welcomes discussions that explore not only the environmental aspect of
ecofeminism but also apects of race, class, gender, globalization,
sexuality etc. Abstracts of 250-500 words are due by September 15 to

Andrea Campbell, Washington State University (

CFP: [American] American Studies area, SW/TX PCA/ACA (11/01/07; 2/13-2/16/08)

Thursday, August 2, 2007 - 3:05pm
Paul D. Reich

Call for Papers: American Studies area

Southwest/Texas Popular Culture / American Culture Associations

29th Annual Conference, February 13-16, 2008 in Albuquerque, New Mexico

The 2008 SW/TX PCA/ACA Conference will be held in Albuquerque, New Mexico at the Hyatt
Regency downtown. Further details about the conference are available at http://www.h-