American Literature

deadline for submissions: 
November 15, 2021
full name / name of organization: 
Popular Culture Association
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Popular Culture Association Call for Papers: American Literature

The American Literature Area of the Popular Culture Association/American Literature Association invites submissions for our National Conference in Seattle.

The area seeks to represent the diversity and vibrancy of American literature and literary studies. We accept presentations about works in any genre(s) of American literature, from the colonial era to the twenty-first century. We welcome a range of critical approaches. Papers may consider literary representations, explore historical implications and their impact presently, offer theoretical readings, draw thematic parallels, and/or adopt other interpretive paradigms. The area also encourages proposals that examine intersections of American literature and popular culture—such as film, music, television, theater, visual arts, and fashion—and those that analyze race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, and national and individual identity in American literature.

Please submit an abstract of 200-250 words through the PCA submission database, which can be found on the organization’s website: Decisions pertaining to the status of proposals will be communicated by the area chair within two weeks of receipt. Submissions will only be accepted through the PCA website. Individuals must be current, paid members to submit to the conference.