CFP: Terrified White Masculinity in Twentieth-Century American Literature (NeMLA 4/7-11, Montreal)

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Northeast Modern Language Association, 41st Anniversary Conference, Montreal
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From Quentin Compson to Harry "Rabbit" Angstrom and beyond, twentieth-century American literary representations of white masculinity reveal a preoccupation with the idea of terror. Why? Is terror a necessary condition of white American masculinity? Was it new to the twentieth century, and does it continue in the twenty-first? Do non-white-male authors represent masculinity in its terror? Why does the triangulation of whiteness, masculinity, and "the American century" give rise to so much terror? Please send 250- to 500-word abstract by September 30, 2009 to Sharon Paradiso at