CFP: Authentic Difference: Race and the Politics of Regionalism (1/15/06; ALA, 5/25/06-5/28/06)

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"Authentic" Difference: Race and the Politics of Regionalism

Authentically depicting racial difference was a representational problem for
both white and minority authors in the 1890s. How did "local color" and/or
regional writing become a way to both deal with and evade the problems of race
that affected American life? Especially welcome is work that moves beyond the
traditional black/white dichotomy that often frames discussions of race in the
period. How can critical inquiry concerning representations of Native
Americans, Asian Americans, Spanish Americans, as well as the white ethnic
minorities that increasingly populated American cities (Jewish Americans,
Irish Americans, and even rural Southern whites) help complicate our notions
of racial difference in the short fiction of the period? Send 1-2 page
abstracts to Tom Morgan at by January 15, 2006.

Tom Morgan
University of Tennessee
Department of English
301 McClung Tower
Knoxville, TN 37996-0430

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