Call for Papers: Travel Writing and Pedagogy: Pratt’s “Effect of the Real.” The Society for American Travel Writing. American Literature Association Annual Conference, 27-30 May 2004, Hyatt Regency San Francisco, San Francisco, CA.
The Society for American Travel Writing, a member society of the American Literature Association, issues a call for papers at a session at the ALA 2004 conference in San Francisco, CA. Entitled Travel Writing and Pedagogy: The “Effect of the Real,” the ses-sion will engage the difficulties of teaching travel writing to American students. Papers are welcome on specific American authors or on theoretical issues whose discussion in-cludes American authors.
Papers should be 20 minutes in length, though it is possible that the session may be struc-tured as a panel discussion. Topics that might be helpfully explored include (but are not necessarily limited to):
the tendency of even contemporary travel writing to confirm rather than challenge students’ expectations, stereotypes, and prejudices;
the problematics of student reactions to travel writing and the question of differ-ence or diversity;
the selection of texts and authors for a multi-cultural classroom.
Abstracts of no more than two pages may be submitted by mail or, preferably by email, to the address below, or via email by 15 January 2004.
Dr. Valerie Smith
Department of English
Quinnipiac University, CLA-IC
237 Mt. Carmel Ave.
Hamden, CT 06518 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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