CFP: Religious Narratives and American Identity (4/15/06; MMLA, 11/9/06-11/12/06)

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Haein Park
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CFP for a proposed special session for the 2006 Midwest Modern Language
Association convention in Chicago, November 9-12, 2006:
Religious Narratives and American Identity:

This panel will analyze religious narratives and counter-narratives
within American literature spanning from the nineteenth century
through the modern period. By examining both elite and popular
literature, it will consider how these narratives enabled Americans to
understand and create their national identity. Papers should examine
how literary texts connect religious ideas and practices to larger
cultural, social, and historical phenomenon. They might consider, but
are not limited to, the following questions: How did American writers
grapple with the question of slavery and the Civil War through the
lens of religion? How did they respond to the spiritual crisis of the
Gilded Age? What is the relationship between religious narratives and
American nationalism? How have American modernist writers addressed

Please send proposals (200-250 words) to both and English Department, Valparaiso University,
Valparaiso, IN 46383

All participants must be members of the M/MLA at the time of the

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