CFP: [General] Cather, Chicago and Modernsim

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Beth Burke
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The University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the Cather Foundation (Red Cloud,
NE) present

The International Cather Seminar 2009
Cather, Chicago and Modernism
June 25-28, 2009
University Center, Chicago, IL

The 12th International Seminar will focus on Willa Cather’s relationship
to broader formations of cultural and literary modernism. How, and in
what ways, is Cather a modernist (if at all)? Cather described Death
Comes for the Archbishop as a ‘narrative’: does this kind of description
point to a radical, experimental fiction-making? To what extent did she
also resist and reject the ‘modern’? The Seminar encourages papers that
will address a wide range of intersections and connections between the
full range of Cather’s work and modernism/modernity.

The Seminar will take place in the downtown ‘University Center’, Chicago,
IL, and will include events focused on specific literary/cultural sites
within that area. We thus encourage papers that counterpoint Cather and
Chicago within turn of the century culture. The Seminar solicits papers
analyzing the musical, visual, architectural and urban cultures of
Chicago, and their representation in Cather’s work (for instance, in Lucy
Gayheart). The broader question of how Chicago has figured within the
national literary imagination will naturally serve as another focus for
the program.

Diverse critical and theoretical perspectives are encouraged. Interested
contributors should submit abstracts of 500 words with a cover letter and
brief résumé by January 26, 2009. Persons whose proposals are accepted
will be expected to submit final papers by May 1, 2009. Papers should be
10-12 double-spaced pages for a 20 minute presentation time.
Submit proposals by January 26, 2009, to:

Guy Reynolds, Cather Seminar Director
337D Andrews Hall
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Lincoln, NE 68588-0333


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