Time, Memory, and Region in American Literature

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American Literature Association (conference) Robert Murray, (panel chair)
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This panel, proposed for the 2011 American Literature Association convention in Boston, will investigate the intersections of time, memory, and region in American Literature of the 19th and 20th centuries. What are the consequences of considering time as Bergsonian duration, or from the perspective of Heidegger, Sartre, or Deleuze? How is time as space related to the idea of time as geographical location? Considerations might include older views, such as Sartre on Faulkner, or newer work, such as Wai Chee Dimock's ideas of "deep time" and nation-states in American literature. We seek papers that explore the ways in which time might be seen as an element of place, and consequently investigate alternate models of regionality which include temporality.

Please send an abstract of about 250-500 words and a brief c.v. to Robert Murray (rmurray@stac.edu) before January 15, 2011. Decisions about inclusion will be made shortly after that deadline, and the panel proposal will then be sent to the American Literature Association by January 30, 2011. ALA will get back to us shortly after that about the panel's acceptance status.