Literature, Politics, & Society

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Call for papers on any topic dealing with literature, politics, and society. This area explores the many intersections of literature and politics.


The following general areas are suggested as examples for paper or session proposals: the political contexts for period works, the politics of authorship, political aspects of literary renderings, politics in specific literary works, the politics of specific authors, politics of theory (such as new historicism, psychoanalytic perspectives, deconstruction, in addition to those suggested above), the politics of ethnicity; representation of political figures and topics in literature; hidden political agendas; political assumptions of a work or an oeuvre or literary movement; political satire; the rhetoric of revolution; the revolutionary as heroine or hero; political ideology; political climate of a period as reflected in its literature; the politics of war and peace in literature; character choice as political choice; apolitical evasions; political vs. aesthetic approaches; regionalism; the political assumptions of readers, etc.


For those of you familiar with the Literature and Politics sessions, I invite you to return this year, and would encourage those who attend regularly to consider putting together session proposals. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions about this process at [email protected].


Submissions must include the following to be considered:

  • Submit 250 word proposals to this site. Include your Paper title (please keep these concise, they may be trimmed for economy)
  • Complete name and academic title (academic rank, grad. student, etc.) and Academic affiliation and address, that is complete dept. and institution, with city, state, and zip code. Make sure you include Phone numbers: office and home numbers if possible (if I cannot reach you, you may be dropped from the proposed session)
  • Email address for each participant; I need at least one working email address for everyone. Please make sure your email address is correct. If your email address changes, you are responsible for notifying the area chair immediately.

For Session Proposals include (3-4 papers)

  • a) titles and abstracts of papers for EACH MEMBER of your session,
  • b) chair’s name and session title
  • c) All required information for each participant as listed below. Organizers of sessions are responsible for each member’s complete information and panels will not be considered without it.

Be sure you supply all the above information, and please be sure to include phone numbers and email addresses where you can be reached. If you have problems submitting a proposal through this site, please notify the area chair immediately. 


Please consider funding and the conference dates before submitting a proposal. PCA does offer travel grants to assist with conference costs; please see the PCA site for further info.


Please send all emails to the area chair, Michael J. Blouin, at [email protected]



2023 Conference Dates and Deadlines

15 Aug-22                                            2022 Conference Information Available on Website
15 Sept-22 Submissions Open 
07 Oct-22 Early Bird Registration Begins
10 Jan-23 Deadline for Paper Proposals
4 Jan-23 Early Bird Registration Ends for Presenters
5 Jan-23 Regular Registration Begins for Presenters
19 Jan-23 Regular Registration Ends for Presenters
20 Jan-23 Late Registration Starts for Presenters
1 Feb-23 Late Registration Ends for Presenters; Those Presenters Not Registered by the Date Will be Dropped From the Program; Registration Continues for Nonpresenters
10 Feb-23 Preliminary Schedule Available
17 Mar-23 Registration Ends for Nonpresenters
 5-8 April-23

conference in San ANTONIO, TX


All presenters must be current, paid members of the PCA and registered for the conference. Non-presenters who attend the full conference must also pay membership fees.

To attend the National Conference, members must pay the membership fee and the registration fee. Membership fees are non-refundable and non-transferable.


Submit a Paper Proposal for the 2023 PCA Conference: 

Submissions for paper proposals are now open. The submission deadline is December 20, 2022. Please be sure you read and understand all instructions, policies, and procedures before you submit your proposal.