deadline extended: George Saunders Society, ALA, San Francisco, May 24-27, 2018

deadline for submissions: 
January 20, 2018
full name / name of organization: 
Not Yet the George Saunders Society
contact email: 

Update:  Submissions for the George Saunders panel at the ALA 



The George Saunders Society invites prospective participants to submit proposals relating to any aspect of Saunders’ life and work. The topic is open, and especially welcome are essays on shifts in Saunders thematic emphasis and tone (e.g., the question of “New Sincerity”) across the developing arc of his career. We might also ask, after LINCOLN IN THE BARDO, how did the afterlife figure in his earlier writing, and where will it go next? Is there a developing genre in English that might be called the bardo mode?  How are his thematic and political commitments inflected by artistic choices involving prose, theatricality, and the cinematic imagination? How do new formats (audio-books, the cable TV presentation of "Sea Oaks") enhance/detract/inflect the meanings of the text?   Please email abstracts of 2-300 words to John Whalen-Bridge at no later than January 20 (revised deadline), 2018. Each submission should also include a brief biographical note, including your name as it will appear in the program, institutional affiliation, and preferred modes of contact during the early last week of January 2018.