William Dean Howells Society Panels for ALA May, 2015

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William Dean Howells Society

The William Dean Howells Society welcomes submissions for two panels at the 2015 American Literature Association conference in Boston in May 2015.

Panel 1: A Radical Howells

We are seeking papers on the political dimensions of William Dean Howells' work. We are especially interested in accounts of Howells as a writer engaged with the radical ideas of his day, but we also invite topics considering his liberal leanings or his assumed conservatism. Topics may include the democracy of Howellsian realism, his defense of the Haymarket anarchists, his encounters with Tolstoy – including the Russian's embrace of nonviolence and economic equality, late 19th century socialism, his views on women's suffrage, his membership in the NAACP, his social novels of the 1890s, and his anti-imperialism. We also welcome fresh discussions of his lesser-known works, as considered under this rubric.

Panel 2: Open Topic

We are looking for insightful, original papers that address any aspect of Howells's work.

Please submit your 200-250 word abstract and a current CV (or any questions) to Dan Mrozowski at Daniel.mrozowski@trincoll.edu by January 31, 2015

Daniel Mrozowski

Department of English
Trinity College
115 Vernon St.
Hartford, CT 06106