CFP: Negotiating Homeplace in the 19th-Century (9/15/06; NEMLA, 3/1/07-3/4/07)

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Call for Papers

Panel: Negotiating Homeplace in the Nineteenth Century

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

During the English and American industrial eras (1840-1910), homelessness was
more than a lack of home ownership. It often implied a lack of opportunity, a
lack of identity, a lack of acceptance. During this era, how did individuals
negotiate their space (or lack thereof)? How did their homes – or lack
thereof – aid or hinder their own development and position in society? What
spaces did they transform, and in what ways did they manage to maintain,
create, or reconstitute their homes?

Papers for this session should address representations of home and
homelessness in literature written between 1840 and 1910. Papers might
examine how, in this era known for domestic fiction, literary depictions of
homelessness expose the darker side of prevailing ideologies.

Please email 250-word abstracts to Grace Wetzel at by
September 15, 2006. Please include with your abstract:

Name and Affiliation
Email address
Postal address
Telephone number
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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.

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