UPDATE: [Collections] American Literature After the American Century

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Lance Rubin
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American Literature After the “American Century”

Co-editors Gioia Woods, Northern Arizona University and Lance RUbin,
Arapahoe Community College

We are extending the deadline for submissions and abstracts for this
collection, as a panel devoted to this subject has recently been accepted
at the American Literature Association conference in May.

“American Literature after the American Century” begins a critical
discussion of how American literature has responded to the highly charged
social and political climate during the early years of the 21st century.
What characterizes literary preoccupations after the 20th century,
the “American Century?” How has American fiction incorporated or resisted
social, cultural, economic and political events in the 21st century? How
are American writers responding to nationalism and American identity?
What is the mood of American literature in the face of the nation's
percieved decline in economic and cultural influence around the globe?
What themes seem to be preoccupying American literature at this time?

Possible topics for exploration may include:

• Changing notions of American identity
• Political polarization (political parties; immigration issues)
• 9/11; the "war on terror"
• Economic stagnation/decline
• Civil rights/the Patriot Act
• America’s international reputation
• Military actions in Afghanistan and Iraq
• Bush administration rhetoric
• Rise of FOX News and Daily Show/Colbert Report
• Increased influence of the “Religious Right”
• Increased influence of “Neo-Conservative” ideology
• Scandals at Enron and other corporations
• Global warming and environmentalism
• Single and comparative author studies
• Gender, power, and ethnicity in 21st century fiction
• Nostalgia and memory in 21st century fiction

Please send abstracts of 250-500 words by June 15th to the offices or
emails below. Inquiries welcome.

Gioia Woods
Associate Professor, Humanities
Box 6031
Northern Arizona University
Flagstaff, AZ 86011

Lance Rubin
Chair, Department of Humanities
Arapahoe Community College
5900 S. Santa Fe Drive
Littleton, CO 80160

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