"Pynchon and Music," proposed ALA Conference panel, May 26-29, 2016

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John Miller
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Proposals are being solicited for a panel to be proposed for the American Literature Association Conference in San Francisco, CA, May 26-29, 2016, on the topic of "Pynchon and Music." Music and musicians have figured importantly in Thomas Pynchon's fiction; songs, often silly but sometimes not, have punctuated them; allusions to music in many genres, including the imaginary, abound. This panel invites investigations into the roles music plays in Pynchon's fiction and of the ways in which the fiction reflects on music. General areas of investigation might include how music is used to elaborate particular and recurring themes, or to construct or represent specific cultural or historical contexts; how music or musicians are represented in the fiction; or musical qualities of Pynchon's prose. Examinations of specific texts or of multiple texts are equally welcome; examinations of the more recent fiction are especially welcome.

Please submit 250 word proposals for 15-20 minute papers to John Miller at jmiller@nu.edu by January 15, 2016.