American Literature

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Call for papers: 

The American Literature Area of the PCA/ACA seeks individual papers for presentation at our 2018 National Conference.


Papers may concern any work(s) of American literature in any genre from the colonial era to the early twenty-first century. A range of critical approaches is welcomed: For instance, presentations may consider literary representations, explore historical implications, offer theoretical readings, or examine thematic parallels.


Proposals about the intersections of American literature and popular culture—including but not limited to film, music, television, theater, visual arts, and fashion—are encouraged, as are treatments of race, ethnicity, gender, and sexuality in American literature.

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