CEA 2019: New Orleans / Special Topic: Old Dogs, New Tricks

deadline for submissions: 
November 1, 2018
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College English Association

CEA 2019: New Orleans

Call for Papers
Closing date: November 1, 2018

Special Topic: Old Dogs, New Tricks

50th Annual Conference | March 28-30, 2019 | New Orleans

“If we had a keen vision of all that is ordinary in human life, it would be like hearing the grass grow or the squirrel’s heart beat, and we should die of that roar which is the other side of silence.” —George Eliot

“And time yet for a hundred indecisions/And for a hundred visions and revisions/Before the taking of a toast and tea.” —T. S. Eliot

New Orleans is one of America’s most culturally and historically rich cities. The birthplace of jazz, it is also notable for its proud literary heritage. Its iconic setting has inspired generations of American writers, such as Tennessee Williams, Kate Chopin, William Faulkner, John Kennedy Toole, and Anne Rice. From Easy Rider to Treme, its distinctive sights have been memorialized in film and television to form an indelible part of America’s cultural imagination. Renowned for its Mardi Gras celebrations, it is also recognized for bravery and vision in the face of devastation after Hurricane Katrina. It is a city that has had to rebuild and reinvent itself.

The College English Association celebrates both the 80th anniversary of its journal, The CEA Critic, and the 50th Anniversary of its conference with this its 2019 national meeting, to be held in the heart of the French Quarter at the Astor Crowne Plaza, 739 Canal Street, New Orleans, LO 70130.

Thus, we are excited to invite you to join us at our annual meeting to explore the theme of vision and revision, with a special focus on Old Dogs, New Tricks

The CEA Critic, the flagship journal of the College English Association turned 80 in 2018. The journal will celebrate its anniversary by reprinting essays from contributors from those first eight decades. For our Old Dogs, New Tricks panels, we seek papers that offer new approaches or insights to the work of some of these voices. Among those authors who have contributed to The Critic and whose work will appear in the special anniversary issue are Willa Cather, Cleanth Brooks, H.L. Mencken, Pearl S, Buck, I. A. Richards, Wallace Stevens, Howard Nemerov, Mark Schorer, May Sarton, Oscar Cargill, Philip K Dick, Ernest Gaines, Leo Marx, Margaret Atwood, Toby Fulwiler, Maxine Kumin. and John Updike.


For more information on the Old Dogs, New Tricks panels, email Jeraldine.Kraver@unco.edu. To submit your proposal and for the complete Call for Papers, please access the CEA website at


There you will find the link for hotel accommodations, information for on the ground transportation from the airport to the conference hotel and membership details.

I do look forward to seeing you in NOLA at our 2019 conference. Laissez le bon temps rouler!