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CFP: [American] Regionalism in U.S. Literature and Culture Before 1900 (MLA 2009)

Thursday, January 1, 2009 - 5:59pm
John Funchion

Even as we attend to the global and transnational dimensions of literature,
Pascale Casanova has encouraged us to study both the formation and
character of so-called "small literatures" of dominated nations or of
subordinated regions within nations. While we have developed a rich
vocabulary for discussing cosmopolitanism and transnational literary
studies, we have not completely theorized regionalism or
regionalization--the process by which a literary and cultural space assumes
a local rather than a national or cosmopolitan character. This MLA panel
will move in the direction of arriving at a richer theoretical and critical
understanding of regionalism and regionalization by examining the local