CFP: Animals in the Literary West (5/31/06; WLA, 10/25/06-10/28/06)

full name / name of organization: 
Sarah E. McFarland

Panel Title: Animals in the Literary West

Conference: Western American Literature Association, Boise, ID
October 25-28, 2006.

Western American literature is populated with horses, cattle,
buffalo, wolves, bears, coyotes, birds, and snakes--animals whose
presences help define Western narratives and who are essential to the
mythology of the West. This panel seeks presentations that
foreground the roles of animals in their interpretations of texts
about the American West.

For example, this panel is interested in presentations that consider:

---the relationship between animals and myths of the West in fiction,
nonfiction, or film;
---the roles of individual animals in narrative plots;
---how certain species come to represent the very West itself;
---animals who complicate binaries like wild/domestic or natural/
---other uses of animal presences in literature or other media about
the West.

Please send 250-300 word abstract with contact information and any A/
V request by May 31, 2006 to:

or mail to:
Dr. Sarah McFarland
English Department
University of Alaska Southeast
11120 Glacier Highway
Juneau, AK 99801

Email submissions preferred; please attach your abstract as an .rtf
or .doc file.

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