CFP: Andrea Barrett (8/29/05; 20th-C. Lit., 2/23/06-2/25/06)

full name / name of organization: 
Geoff Stacks
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Abstracts are invited for any aspect of Andrea Barrett's fiction for
the 20th-Century Literature conference at the University of
Louisville (2/23/06-2/25/06).
Barrett--finalist for the 2002 Pulitzer Prize and recipient of the National
Book Award (among many other accolades)--has yet to receive the scholarly
attention her novels and short stories deserve. This panel, therefore, will
explore Barrett's role in contemporary American literature and offer a
variety of approaches to her rich body of work.

Topics can include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Barrett's role as a scientifically literate writer. To what extent, for
example, does she belong with the likes of Pynchon, Fowles, or Stoppard?
- Barrett's critique of science and objectivity in the loosely connected
trilogy of Ship Fever, The Voyage of the Narwhal, and The Servants of the
- Barrett and ecocriticism
- Barrett and feminism
- Barrett as writer of historical fiction
- Barrett as nature writer
- Barrett's early fiction (pre-Ship Fever)

To submit a proposal for this panel, please send the following by August
- a one-page abstract
- a cover sheet that includes your name, address, email address, telephone
number, academic affiliation, and title of paper

Submissions should be emailed to or sent to
Geoffrey Stacks
Purdue University
English Department
500 Oval Drive
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2038

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