CFP: The Changing Face of the Suburb in Recent American Fiction and Film (NeMLA 4/7-4/11, 2010; due 9/30/09)

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Northeast Modern Language Association, 41st Anniversary Conference, Montreal
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This panel seeks to investigate the way that suburban novels and films represent, critique, and construct notions of community in the context of a suburban landscape in flux: more immigrants now live in the suburbs than in the cities. Accompanying this increased diversity are new problems, including desperate need for housing, healthcare, and public transportation at a time when infrastructure is decaying and the economy has collapsed. How have recent novels and films reflected and negotiated these changes? Please submit 250-word abstracts to Kathy Knapp at

Deadline: September 30, 2009

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The 41st Annual Convention will feature approximately 350 sessions, as well as dynamic speakers and cultural events. Details and the complete Call for Papers for the 2010 Convention will be posted in June:

Interested participants may submit abstracts to more than one NeMLA session; however panelists can only present one paper (panel or seminar). Convention participants may present a paper at a panel and also present at a creative session or participate in a roundtable.

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