Call for Papers    

American Literature Conference
"A Reconsideration of the Work of Caroline Gordon"
Deadline:  November 18, 2000

I would like to propose a panel on Caroline Gordon for the 2001 American Literature Conference in Boston, with a special (though not exclusive) emphasis on her short fiction. Particular topics to consider might include: 

* Gordon's work (both her fiction and her critical writings) in relationship to the work of Allen Tate and the other Fugitive Poets 

* Gordon in comparison to some of her better known female contemporaries (Welty, O'Connor, McCullers, etc.) 

* Gordon's revision/endorsement of the trope of the "Southern woman" 

* Gordon's vision of the South and/or the Southern nation 

* Gordon and theory 

* Representations of violence in Gordon's works 

* Representations of the body in Gordon's works 

Clearly other topics are possible. I would be especially interested in essays that position Gordon's work historically, though all approaches are welcome. 

Please submit a 250-500 word abstract by November 18 to: 

Dr. David Russell 
Penn State York 
1031 Edgecomb Ave. 
York, PA 17403 

E-mail submissions are welcome as well (preferably in a Word format) at: dwr7@psu.edu  

If selected, participants will be asked to submit a final draft of the paper and a short biographical sketch by early May 2001. 

Please direct all inquiries to the above e-mail address.