William Dean Howells Society Panels for ALA May, 2016

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William Dean Howells Society

William Dean Howells Society Panels for ALA May, 2016

The William Dean Howells Society welcomes submissions for two panels at the annual American Literature Association conference in San Francisco in May 2016.

Panel 1: Neglected Works

Though William Dean Howells is acknowledged to be a key figure in the canon of American literature, the bulk of critical attention is given to his most well-known works like The Rise of Silas Lapham and A Hazard of New Fortunes. However, as an immensely prolific author, it was not only Howells' novels that led his contemporaries to consider him the "dean of American letters," but also the many volumes of poetry, drama, and criticism he produced over the course of his long career. For this panel, we are seeking papers on the neglected works of William Dean Howells. We are especially interested in papers that address his output as an essayist, a poet, and a playwright. Papers on his lesser-known novels, such as The Undiscovered Country or New Leaf Mills, would also be appreciated.

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 15th

Daniel Mrozowski

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