UPDATE: Promethean Visions and Communities of Belief in 19th-Century American Literature (3/28/07; PAMLA, 11/2/07-11/3/07)

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Dr. William Corley
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**Deadline for abstracts and proposals has been extended until March 28,

Promethean Visions and Communities of Belief in 19th-Century American

An accepted special session for the Pacific Ancient & Modern Language
Association (PAMLA) annual conference to be held on November 2 & 3,
2007, on the campus of Western Washington University in Bellingham, WA

Solitary seekers have had a distinguished history in American literary
culture, from fictional characters like Melville's Ishmael to essayists
such as Margaret Fuller and Ralph Waldo Emerson. With the recovery of
nineteenth-century popular fiction, however, nineteenth-century
Americanists have become increasingly aware of the role of religious
communities in shaping fictional worlds--from the influence of
evangelical piety in such novels as Susan Warner's The Wide, Wide World
to the exposition of the social ethics of liberal Christianity in
Charles Sheldon's In His Steps. We invite papers that explore what it
would mean to develop a reading of nineteenth-century American
literature that is grounded in a rich understanding of the heterogeneous
communities that constituted the religious landscape of
nineteenth-century America as well as the Promethean seekers who
struggled to transcend, reject, or come to terms with them.

Please send both a 50 word abstract and a 500 word proposal in
electronic form to Brian Yothers(byothers_at_utep.edu) and Liam Corley
(wccorley_at_csupomona.edu) by March 28, 2007.

All accepted panelists will be required to become members of PAMLA by
April 15, 2007. More information on the conference can be found at
www.pamla.org <http://www.pamla.org/>

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