Symposium on Frontiers and Borders in American Literature

    ALA Symposium on Frontiers and Borders in American Literature

    February 25-27, 2016, San Antonio, TX

Proposals due September 15, 2015 to Susan Roberson at susan.roberson@tamuk.edu

The Society for the Study of American Travel Writing is organizing a panel for the American Literature Association Symposium on Frontiers and Borders in American Literature.

The term “frontier” has been contested and reimagined at least since Frederick Jackson Turner’s famous 1893 pronouncement that American westward expansion on the frontier had reached it geographical conclusion. This panel seeks to interrogate ways in which the frontier is conceptualized or represented in American travel writing. Papers may look at the ways in which the frontier is represented in travel writing about the West, the experiences that travel writers recount about the American frontier, or the ways in which alternate “frontiers” or “borderlands,” liminal locations of cultural contact, are represented in travel writing.

Please send a 250 word abstract and brief cv to Dr. Susan Roberson at susan.roberson@tamuk.edu by September 15, 2015.

For more information, check the American Literature Association website www.americanliteratureassociation.org

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