Provocative Parables at the Intersection of the Secular and the Supernatural (NeMLA roundtable) (**NEWLY** EXTENDED DEADLINE)

deadline for submissions: 
October 19, 2020
full name / name of organization: 
Northeast Modern Language Association (52nd Annual Convention, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, March 11-14, 2021)
contact email: 

A trio of anniversaries in 2021, the tenth of Terrence Malick’s film, The Tree of Life, and Tom Perrotta’s novel, The Leftovers, and the twentieth of Neil Gaiman’s novel, American Gods, is a provocative occasion for a critical reexamination of these and related parables at the intersection of the secular and the supernatural, in their original formulations and as they have developed subsequently. 

Roundtable “participants give brief, informal presentations (5-10 minutes) and the session is open to conversation and debate between participants and the audience” (

All approaches are welcome.

Submission guidelines: Abstracts, up to 300 words in length, should be submitted, in pdf, by October 19, 2020, directly to the NeMLA website, at:

Questions and concerns may be directed to Trip McCrossin, Department of Philosophy, Rutgers University, at: