The Suburban Sublime - Abstracts by Jan. 30

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Postwar Area Studies Group, American Literature Association, 26-29 May 2016, San Francisco
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How did important texts from the postwar period frame the suburbs as a locus of refuge, anger, hysteria, or (even) self-realization at a moment when American cities themselves experienced a shifting and growing economy, African American rights protests, atomic fears, etc.? How did the suburban aesthetic, the collision of romantic and realist, and spatial concepts including place, space, geography, zones, neighborhoods, distance, and scale feature in suburban narrative? We welcome all papers treating the suburban experience, as this approached or averted the apocalyptic, in American texts, 1945-1975.
By Jan, 30, 2016 / Jacqueline Foertsch, Postwar Area Studies Chair /