"Arriving in the 20th Century: Public Speaking and Literary Resistance" (MELUS 2015)

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Looking for additional participant(s) for "Arriving in the 20th Century: Public Speaking and Literary Resistance" panel at 2015 MELUS conference (April 9-12, Athens, GA). Please respond with 250-word abstract and two-page cv by December 12 so that we may meet the MELUS submission deadline of December 15; send to jdmattox@iusb.edu and hellen.lee@csus.edu. Broadly speaking, papers could focus on the work of literary/political figures and their writings, public speeches, or performances pertaining to uplift, belonging, citizenship, assimilation, or other related topic, at the turn of the 20th century. We welcome all proposals for papers that historicize the literary and political contributions of important but marginalized figures from the turn of the 20th century, especially those that focus on the ways that binaries of public/private and resistant/passive do not adequately allow for a complete understanding of the complexities of the struggles for full citizenship of aggrieved peoples. Papers already part of the panel include "Detours: Private Musings of Public Appearances in Alice Dunbar-Nelson's Diaries," which studies the archived private diaries of fiction writer, poet, and journalist Alice Dunbar-Nelson. Written during her early century speaking tours, the diaries address the intraracial politics of skin color, uneven gender politics, regional chauvinisms, and generational differences among her set and the younger activists and artists. Also included is "With Simon Pokagon at the World's Fair," which historicizes the work of the Potawotami leader—specifically, his "Chicago Day" address at the 1893 World's Fair and the birch-bark booklet he also distributed there titled "The Red Man's Greeting"--within the larger context of the participation of other members of aggrieved groups at the fair.