[UPDATE] MMLA American Literature 1 Panel; abstracts due APRIL 10

full name / name of organization: 
Shawna Rushford-Spence/ Midwest Modern Language Association

With the theme of "Border States" in mind, we welcome papers exploring the intersections between stubborn divisions and promising coalitions across lines of race, class, region, and nation in American literary texts produced before 1870. Possible topics might include: representations of border-crossing, migration and mobility, and/or troubled immigration; explorations of the cultural effects of urbanization and suburbanization, expansion, and/or technological innovation; the influence of literary texts on the cultural imagination and/or states of being and mind; the influence of "progress" on the literary imagination; and migrants and/or immigrants as characters in literary texts. Please submit a 250-300 word abstract and a brief academic bio by APRIL 10th to panel chair, Dr. Shawna Rushford-Spence, at srushford-spence@lourdes.edu.