Popular Culture, American Culture, and Southwest Texas Popular Associations National Conference
San Antonio, Texas
April 7-10, 2004
Remembering the Alamo: Foundational Fictions, Cultural Memories, and the Legacies of Manifest Destiny
The area chair for Manifest Destiny invites paper or panel proposals that deal with the legacy of westward expansion from the early nineteenth century to the present. Considering the conference locale, topics on the importance of the Alamo as a historical space and cultural symbol are especially welcome. How does the Alamo embody contested historical meaning? How does the Alamo figure in Anglo American or Chicano/a film? How do representations of the Alamo utilize gender, race, or national identity?
Other topics on the Southwest might include: the cultural relations between Native, Mexican, and Anglo Americans; the history or literature of the Texas revolution, U.S.-Mexico War, or the Spanish-American War; captivity narratives and gender relations; contemporary Southwestern literature and environmental, ethnic, gender, or regional studies; journals, diaries, or travel literature; the Civil War in the borderlands; food, literature, and the consumption of Southwestern ethnic culture.
Individual papers: send a 200-word abstract and a short CV.
Panel proposals: send a description of the panel, individual abstracts; and short CVs of each panelist.
Deadline: November 15, 2003 to send materials to:
Professor Jesse Aleman
University of New Mexico
Department of English
Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001
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