Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association (PAMLA) Conference CFP, 'American Literature before 1865'

deadline for submissions: 
May 30, 2018
full name / name of organization: 
Emily Butler-Probst, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
contact email: 


Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association (PAMLA) Conference

Friday, November 9, 2018 to Sunday, November 11, 2018, Western Washington University, Bellingham, Washington

Conference theme: “Acting, Roles, and Stages”

Session: American Literature before 1865
Presiding Officer: Emily Butler-Probst, University of Tennessee, Knoxville,
Proposal Due Date: May 30, 2018 - submit via PAMLA website,

Panel description:

This session welcomes papers that explore any aspect of American Literature before 1865, including American, Renaissance, Colonial, and Puritan literature. While we are open to papers dealing with a variety of topics and authors during this time period, we are particularly interested in papers that engage with the special conference theme of "Acting, Roles, Stages." As such, papers dealing with issues such as acting as art and metaphor, theories of role play and theatricality, and conceptions of the world stage and the public audience in American Literature prior to 1865 are particularly welcome. If your paper does not tap into these specific themes but deals with literary topics relevant to this era, you are still more than welcome to submit a proposal. Possible topics could also include, but are not limited to: the role of acting and the theater in literature and/or drama prior to the Civil War; the influence of literary movements on performance and stagecraft techniques; performative identities and the staging of everyday life; social roles, role play, and societal expectations; individuals who use performance to elicit social change; and questions of truth/sincerity in light of performativity.

Note: The PAMLA Conference, held over the November 9-11, 2018 weekend at lovely Western Washington University in idyllic Bellingham, Washington, is a broad conference for scholars of a wide variety of literary, cultural, or media topics. There are over 125 approved sessions you could consider proposing to. You may submit to more than one session (if you do so, please let the presiding officers know you are doing so) but may only deliver one paper at the conference itself.

Please do not submit proposals to more than two or three sessions, and do not submit the same proposal to multiple sessions.