CFP: Langston Hughes's Politics after 1953 (12/1/06; ALA, 5/24/07-5/27/07)

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Matthew R. Hofer
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Call for Papers #2: Roundtable discussion of Langston
Hughes's Politics after 1953

American Literature Association
Memorial Day Weekend 2007
Westin in Copley Square
Boston, Mass.

"Langston Hughes: Politics after 1953." For this
roundtable discussion, we invite short position papers (of
approximately 4-5 pages) that address Hughes's enduring
commitment to political aesthetics, broadly construed, in
the wake of his persecution by both the F.B.I. and Senator
Joseph McCarthy's House Un-American Activities Committee.
Although the session will focus primarily on Hughes's
later work, it aims to analyze comprehensively the
ramifications to Hughes's art of the political and
critical fallout from his radical Depression Era poems
(such as "Good Morning, Revolution" and "Goodbye,
Christ"). The patriotic populism of the 1940s is therefore
also available for consideration within this historical

The roundtable format provides a forum in which four to
six scholars will first analyze the broader topic from
individual perspectives, then engage in a synthesizing
discussion for the balance of the session. We also
encourage participants to submit more fully articulated
versions of their contributions to the Langston Hughes
Review for possible publication.

350 word abstract and short cv by 12/15/06;
Submit materials via e-mail to Matthew R. Hofer

All presenters must be members of the Langston Hughes
Society by 1/15/07

For more information on the LHS, see

Matthew R. Hofer
Assistant Professor
Department of English
University of New Mexico
505/277-3712 (o)
505/277-0021 (f)

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