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Call for Papers    


Call for Papers: Contemporary Southern Literature
PCA/ACA Conference
March 23-26, 2005, San Diego
Deadline: November 15, 2004

Contemporary Southern literature remains a growing area for further discussion and criticism within the context of society. This call for papers seeks contributors offering a wide variety of interpretations and criticisms of contemporary Southern literature and culture against the backdrop of popular culture and postmodern society, although other historical approaches are also solicited. Presentations covering a broad range of Southern literature pieces and critical approaches are welcome; presentations should be developed for a 15-minute reading.

Possible topics include (but are not limited to) the following:
* Any new and rising Southern author's work
* Contrasts between Flannery O'Connor's and other contemporary author's work
* Southern literature in the age of postmodernism
* Gender roles in contemporary work
* Religion and/or feminist themes
* Creative writing in context of the South
* New readings of traditionally-accepted Southern literature
* Film explications (compare and/or contrast)
* Anything dealing with Southern literature or culture

These are only suggestions, and all approaches and subjects are welcome and appreciated.

Please be open and creative with the items you select in this category, as well as your interpretations; all submissions concerning popular culture are considered. Additionally, if you have a panel that deserves special attention, please let me know in your letter or email so I can recommend it
to the PCA Administration. Basically, anything dealing with the South is fair game.

Please submit a 250-word abstract to Christopher Bloss, Area Chair, by November 15, 2004. Contributors will be notified by email within two days of submission. The conference takes place March 23-26, 2005.

Please feel free to contact me if you have questions or require additional information.
Information about the hotel follows:

The San Diego Marriott Hotel & Marina
333 West Harbor Drive
San Diego, CA, 92101
Phone: 1 619-234-1500
International Toll-Free: 1-800-228-9290
Fax: 1 619-234-8678

Christopher Bloss
Assistant Professor
Southern Literature and Culture, area chair/ National PCA
University of South Dakota
Vermillion, SD 57069
Office: (605) 677-6615
Home: (605) 624-6621