Novels, Then and Now

deadline for submissions: 
June 30, 2018
full name / name of organization: 
Mid-Atlantic Popular and American Culture Association (MAPACA)
contact email: 

Novels, Then and Now

The Popular Novels area includes all novel genres, authors, time periods, cultures, and settings. Consider it a safety net for novels that don’t fit neatly into a specific genre or that cross genres. Consider the many sub-genres of Romance with a capital “R”—western, thriller, paranormal, religious, romance (with a small “r”), detective, urban fantasy, etc. From Pearl S. Buck to Lee Child, from Laurie King to Tony Hillerman, from Julia Spencer-Fleming to Emilie Richards—all are welcome.

With this is mind, the area chairs for the “Novels, Then and Now” section of the Mid-Atlantic Popular and American Culture Association (MAPACA) invite papers on the above as well as on the following themes:

• In the wake of the recent “Me Too” movement, this panel invites papers on the theme of rape culture, sexual violence, and gender discrimination in novels and popular culture. In what ways do we see novels responding to/perpetuating rape culture? How does narrative respond to (or erase) sexual violence?

• Theories of Adaptation explore how texts transition into new forms in order to survive and thrive. How do novels explore adaptation, whether in scientific, biological, or technological ways? Papers may examine narratives of adaptation within the novel, novels that have been adapted into new forms, or media forms that have been adapted into novels.

• Pedagogy: how do we teach the novel? Adaptations? Rape culture within novels? The detective novel or other sub-genres? We invite submissions for either individual papers or a roundtable proposal about teaching the novel to majors or non-majors.

Submission Process:

Submit a 250-word proposal including A/V requests and a brief biography by June 30, 2018 to our online submission form at

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us directly. Sarah Creel: Allison Davis: Co-Chairs, The Novel: Now and Then, MAPACA