The Society for American Travel Writing, a member society of the American Literature Association, issues a call for papers for a session at the ALA 2005 conference in Boston, MA. Entitled “A Room of Its Own: Defining American Travel Writing?” the session will explore the following question:
As a subset of travel writing – a genre seemingly without boundaries – is there a way to identify a generically American travel writing? In short, are there historical, economic, political, and/or stylistic features that make American travel writing unique, or at least identifiable, among the larger literature of travel writing? The Society for American Travel Writing invites papers that pursue this question in a variety of ways. Approaches may include (but are not limited to):
Generic definitions of "American" travel writing.
Comparative analyses of "American" travel writing and travel writing by authors from "other" cultures.
Examinations of a single author or single work.
Theoretical discussions of "American" literary consciousness and travel.
Papers should be 20 minutes in length. Abstracts of no more than two pages may be submitted by 15 January 2005. Abstracts should be delivered by mail, or, preferably, by email, to Dr. Valerie Smith, Department of English, Quinnipiac University, CLA-IC, 237 Mt. Carmel Ave., Hamden, CT, 06518, or ; or to:
Department of Literature
Saint Joseph Seminary College
Saint Benedict, LA 70457
985.867.2225 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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