CFP: [General] Critically Forgotten (grad) (2/15/08; (dis)junctions, 4/11/08-4/12/08)

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Susana Brower

CFP: Critically Forgotten (grad) (2/15/08; (dis)junctions, 4/11/08-

This call for papers is for a proposed panel to be held at (dis)
junctions, the University of California, Riverside's 15th Annual
Humanities Conference, which will be on April 11-12, 2008. This year's
theme is “Where the Streets are Re-Named.”

In the current era of literary scholarship, we pride ourselves on having
expanded the canon beyond the “old dead white men” that were (nearly) the
sole focus of past generations of scholars. Growing numbers of
university programs, academic journals, and individual scholars, however,
are working to increase awareness of women, minority, and GLBT writers
and their works, but certain other works and/or their creators still go
unnoticed. Very little criticism appears about the “minor” works of
widely acclaimed and recognized writers like William Faulkner (Light in
August) or John Barth (Sabbatical), but even more importantly, sometimesâ€"
despite our claims of toleranceâ€"the literary community turns against or
forgets some of its most brilliant members. Mark Helprin, whose works
have received the Penn-Faulkner Award, a Guggenheim, the Prix de Rome,
and have been nominated for a National Book Award, is rarely taught and
more rarely written about because, it seems, of his politically
conservative bent.

This panel, then, seeks papers that consider writers, whether fiction or
non-fiction, and works that have been ignored by scholars or that have
fallen off the radar of contemporary scholarshipâ€"works that you consider
worthy of attention but that have failed to receive it of late. While
not seeking to focus on matters of canon formation, the following are
some possible topics:

*The early or “less important” works of “The Greats” (Hemingway, Woolf,
Austen, Twain, etc.)
*Mark Helprin and his works
*Authors and novels, shorts stories, or poetry that once received a great
deal of attention but are now considered passé (i.e., The Little Prince)
*New or newly discovered writers

Please send abstracts of 250 words to Susana Brower at Please let me know of any potential A/V
needs; every effort will be made to accommodate you.

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