The MLA Division on Non-fiction Prose, Excluding Auto-biography is hosting a panel on race, reportage and war that is designed to plumb the racial underpinnings of supposedly factual reporting. Whether in a straight news story, a feature article or a longer non-fiction piece, for years reporters have made their journalistic reputations on their war correspondence. These reports, like other cultural texts in society, are larded with racial ideologies that say much about power and social organization. Papers for this panel may focus on a writer, a piece or a publication. It may seek comparisons between a distant war and the current war in Iraq. Please forward panel abstracts via email by March 15 to Todd Vogel. Queries welcome.
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