CFP: Contemporary Irish Fiction (3/1/06; MMLA, 11/9/06-11/12/06)

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Gavin Keulks
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Contemporary Irish Fiction Panel
48th Annual Midwest Modern Language Association Convention
November 9-12, 2006
Palmer House Hilton, Chicago, Illinois

Recent decades have witnessed a remarkable flourish (one hesitates to say "bloom") of popular and critically acclaimed Irish novels. Perennial strength in such competitions as the Man Booker Prize is simply one confirmation of this achievement; Irish novelists routinely distinguish international best-seller lists as well. Throughout history Irish writers have wrestled with issues of high and low culture in their works, ranging in subject matter from religion, spirituality, folklore and mythology to contemporary political, cultural, artistic, and sexual mores. Some novelists have sought to express these tensions through experimental structures and prose; others have reinvigorated more traditional forms. Standard constants, of course, include themes of place and identity, however dynamic and fluid in construction.

Proposals (of 200-250 words) are invited on any living Irish novelist and should be sent by March 1, 2006, to Gavin Keulks at Special attention should be paid to the informal convention theme of "High and Low Culture."

For more information, please consult the MMLA website at

Gavin Keulks
Associate Professor of English
Western Oregon University
Monmouth, OR 97361 U.S.A.

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