[UPDATE] CFP: Charles W. Chesnutt Association Sessions - American Literature Association, May 26-29, 2016

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Charles W. Chesnutt Association
American Literature Association
27th Annual Conference
May 26-29, 2016
Hyatt Regency San Francisco
5 Embarcadero
San Francisco, CA

The Charles W. Chesnutt Association welcomes abstracts (of no more than 300 words) for presentation at two sessions on the work of Chesnutt at the 2016 ALA conference in San Francisco.

Session One: Chesnutt and African American Literary History
Since he was first celebrated for his short stories in the Atlantic Monthly, Chesnutt has been recognized as a major figure in American and African American literature. Even so, his place within African American literary history is often uncertain. Is this uncertainty a result of his perceived support of assimilationist philosophies during the post-Reconstruction era? Or is his place in this history complicated by his writing of what Gene Jarrett calls "anomalous fiction that resisted and sometimes critiqued the conventional restrictions of authentic African American literature to racial realism"? Or does the history of the reception of Chesnutt's fiction tell us more about the changing ideas about African American literature over the past century than it does about the form or content of his work? We invite submissions that deal with any aspects of Chesnutt's place in the African American literary canon from the time of his initial publication to now.

Session Two: Open Topic
We invite submissions on all topics regarding Chesnutt as an author, scholar, and citizen.

Please email an abstract (of no more than 300 words) and a brief (1-2 page) CV by January 15, 2016, to program chair, Bill Hardwig, whardwig@utk.edu.