The Antihero Mirror™: George Saunders's Gift to America (NeMLA; 9/30/13; 4/3-6/14)

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Catherine Zobal Dent / Northeast Modern Language Association
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Call for abstracts for a roundtable session:

The Antihero Mirror™: George Saunders's Gift to America

45th Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
April 3-6, 2014
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Host: Susquehanna University

In this roundtable, creative writers and academics will come together to examine the visionary fiction of George Saunders. Discussion will explore Saunders's four collections of short fiction in terms of his spins and innovations in satire; his pyrotechnics of hopeful, dramatic irony; and his reinvention(s) of the antihero. Please send brief abstracts and a brief biographical statement in the body of the email to Catherine Zobal Dent.

Deadline: Sept. 30, 2013

The 2014 NeMLA convention continues the Association's tradition of sharing innovative scholarship in an engaging and generative location. This capitol city set on the Susquehanna River is known for its vibrant restaurant scene, historical sites, the National Civil War museum, and nearby Amish Country, antique shops and Hershey Park. NeMLA has arranged low hotel rates of $104-$124. The 2014 event will include guest speakers, literary readings, professional events, and workshops.

A reading by George Saunders will open the Convention!