CFP: E. L. Doctorow's "The March" (9/15/06; NEMLA, 3/1/07-3/4/07)

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Call for Papers

E. L. Doctorow's "The March"

38th Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
March 1-4, 2007
Baltimore, Maryland

In 2006, E. L. Doctorow published "The March," a historical novel
whose action follows General William Tecumseh Sherman's 1864-65
campaign through Georgia and the Carolinas. This novel earned
Doctorow his second PEN/Faulkner award (his first was in 1990 for
"Billy Bathgate"), and is earning both critical and popular
success. This panel would be devoted to early attempts at
scholarship on this recent work by one of America's most
respected novelists.
Doctorow has made his career investigating and critically
re-evaluating manifestations of the great myth of "the American
dream," setting his work in important times and places (the
American frontier of the 19th century, early 20th-century urban
America, the 1960s). With his recent novel, he addresses what
may well be the most divisive moment in American history: the
Civil War and its aftermath.
Panelists may discuss the importance of this work in relation to
Doctorow's other historical fictions, contemporary re-evaluations
of history, or current trends in the PEN/Faulkner award.

Submit electronic proposals to: (please include panel title in the subject,
and all attachments in Word)

Submit hardcopy proposals to:
James J. Donahue
Department of English
University of Connecticut
214 Glenbrook Road
Storrs, CT 06269

Deadline: September 15, 2006

Please include with your abstract:

Name and Affiliation
Email address
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For the complete Call for Papers for the 2007 Convention, please
Interested participants may submit abstracts to more than one
NeMLA panel; however panelists can only present one paper.
Convention participants may present at a paper session panel and
also present at a creative session or participate in a roundtable.
Thank you for your interest in this panel and conference!'s hard enough to live in a world where you
grow old and die, why be disharmonious?
Jack Kerouac, _Desolation Angels_

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