The Land Has a Story

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The Land Has a Story

Pennsylvania College English Association (PCEA) 2015 Conference
October 1-3, 2015
Hilton Scranton and Conference Center
100 Adams Avenue, Scranton, PA 18501

Keynote by Sarah Piccinni, Assistant Director
Lackawanna Historical Society

The Office made it famous, but long before its weekly appearance on TV, Scranton, Pennsylvania, the site of this year's PCEA conference, played a prominent role in the growth of our country. Iron and steel produced in the area were used for making rails for railroads. Anthracite coal from local mines helped to fuel the nation. The city was also the site of the nation's first successful, continuously operating trolley system, giving the city the nickname "The Electric City." Now the surrounding areas have become the site of yet another industry, the natural gas industry, one not without its controversy. This is the story of the area's landscape, a landscape that has inspired writers with local ties such as Karen Blomain and Jay Parini, and given rise to films such as the acclaimed Gasland.

Our theme explores how the landscape and natural world inspires writers, how texts represent the physical world, how we interact with our environment, and how nature, the landscape, and the environment influence culture.

We are particularly interested in proposals that relate to our theme. We invite submissions from faculty, graduate students, and independent scholars from all areas of English studies—literature, film, composition, professional writing, creative writing, linguistics, popular culture, criticism, etc. We also welcome the reading of original creative writing.

• Panels must consist of at least three presenters and be limited to 45 minutes.
• Proposers must join PCEA in order to present at the conference.
• Undergraduate student participation is limited to faculty-organized and led panels. Faculty organizers should submit panel information, including contact information and abstracts to the program chair. Individual undergraduate proposals will not be accepted; however, undergraduate attendance is welcome.
• Proposal submission deadline is Friday, September 4, 2015
• Proposals should be submitted to
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