[UPDATED] The American Tapestry -- Multicultural Influences in Late American Literature / submission deadline: January 30, 2011

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University of Houston Graduate Student Conference

The University of Houston is known as one of the most ethnically diverse research universities in the United States. With that in mind, the graduate English department is currently seeking submissions about the impact of America's cultural, religious, gender, economic, and racial diversity on American literature post WWII - present. We welcome abstracts from experienced academics, undergraduate, and graduate students in all areas of study, including but not limited to: literature, languages, pedagogy, rhetoric and composition, creative writing, cultural, film, theater, comparative, gender, religion, and interdisciplinary studies.

This year's guest speaker will be Dr. Robert Donahoo of Sam Houston State University.

Dr. Donahoo's areas of teaching interest are the Literature of the American South, Contemporary American Literature, Literary Theory and Criticism, and Drama.  He has published essays and articles on subjects ranging from Tolstoy's novel Resurrection to American Cyberpunk fiction, and much of his research and writing concerns the literature of the American South, especially the work of Flannery O'Connor.

He is currently continuing work on a project seeking to understand O'Connor's writings in the cultural and historical context of the South during the 1940s and 1950s.

With permission, accepted papers will be published in our U of H On-line Conference Journal (authors will maintain copyright).

Abstracts should be no less than 200 words and no more than 500 words.

On the final, separate page of your abstract, please include the following:
All personal and contact information (email and post mail addresses) - we request that your name and other; information appear nowhere on the actual abstract
Any special AV equipment necessary for your presentation.
This year's conference will also feature several panel discussions. Please indicate on the final page whether or not you are interested in or willing to serve on a panel.

Abstracts may be submitted through the following web address:

Students, faculty, and independent scholars are welcome to submit proposals, as well as attend.

For further inquiries, please contact: uhconf@gmail.com