Session proposed for Western Literature Association
Big Sky, Montana Sept. 21-Sept. 24, 2016
This year's conference theme is The Profane West, including what is underrepresented, undervalued, censored, denied, and/or secretly shared. The novels of Jane Smiley frequently explore the poisonous effects of the unexamined ideologies, negotiations, and secrets that she presents as integral to the development of the West. This session invites papers that examine the relationship of Smiley's fiction to The Profane West.