Submissions are invited for individual papers or panels on writers of any genre from Northern New England (New Hampshire, Maine, and Vermont) or writings about Northern New England.
This conference seeks to explore the very rich literary tradition of the Northern half of New England.
Possible topics include, but are not limited to:
- International Intersections of the US/Canadian border
- Travel or Environmental Literature/Writers
- Writing of/by Northern New England writers of any historical period
- Focus on specific authors, such as Stephen King, Howard Frank Mosher, Robert Frost, Sarah Orne Jewett, etc.
- Focus on lesser known writers of the region, from any period
- Current-day fiction set in Northern New England
- Poetry of Northern New England
- Papers exploring history, criticism, or theory
The keynote speaker for this conference will be Jay Parini, D.E. Axinn Professor of English and Creative Writing at Middlebury College. Professor Pariniís significant contributions to both American literature and the literature of New England include biographies of Robert Frost, John Steinbeck, and William Faulkner, the novels Benjaminís Crossing and The Apprentice Lover, as well as The Art of Subtraction: New and Selected Poems.
This conference will take place Saturday, April 5, 2008 at Norwich University in Northfield, VT.
All panelists must be registered participants of the conference.
Submissions should be a 250-300 word abstract of anticipated paper or 500 word abstract of anticipated panel.
Please include complete contact information (name, home address, email, phone, affiliation if any).
Deadline for submission of abstracts is Friday, February 1, 2008. All email submissions will receive a confirmation of receipt.
Kathleen McDonald, Ph.D.
English Studies Conference
Department of English
158 Harmon Drive
Northfield, VT 05663
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