The Willa Cather Society invites proposals for 20-minute papers to be presented in either of two sessions at the American Literature Association's annual meeting in San Francisco, CA, May 25-28, 2006.
Session I: New Directions in Cather Scholarship. All papers involving significant new research or critical approaches to Cather's work will be considered.
Session II: Cather as an International Writer. Willa Cather has been frequently read both as a regionalist and as a distinctively American writer; this panel will explore her career and work in its broadest international context. Papers may address topics as varied as her well-known Francophilia, her general treatment of the "foreign," the relations between regionalism and internationalism in her work, her connections to non-U.S. writers and literary traditions, her early travel writings, etc.
For either session, proposals should take the form of a 200-400 word abstract submitted electronically (as a Word or Word Perfect attachment) to firstname.lastname@example.org: John Swift, Department of English and Comparative Literary Studies, Occidental College, 1600 Campus Road, Los Angeles CA 90041 (telephone 323 259 2804; fax 323 341 4942).
Deadline for proposals is December 20, 2005; acceptances will be finalized by the third week of January, 2006.