ALA - Society for Contemporary Lit General Call

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Society for Contemporary Lit
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The Society for Contemporary Literature invites 300-word abstracts for presentations at the annual conference of the ALA. The program committee welcomes abstracts on any aspect of American literature published in the last 25 years.

We are especially interested in discovering significant new contributors to prose, poetry, and other modes of literature. Attention to genre blurring and experimental texts is particularly welcome. Starting points for discussion include the following:
• Theoretical approaches/methodology
• Lineages/influences/comparative studies
• Textual analysis
• Theories of genre as applied to contemporary writers
• Ethnicity, gender, narrative identity
• Post-9/11 literature: parameters, usefulness of this category
• Literature of loss, unease
• Developments in the graphic novel
• Memoir, creative nonfiction, emerging genres
Please send 300-word abstracts to Karen Weekes ( by January 1, 2015; submissions should be sent via email with the subject line "SCL ALA 2015 abstract." Note that scholars are limited to one presentation at this conference; notifications will be sent by Jan. 25, 2015, in order to allow responses to the general CFP by its deadline.