This panel will examine not the road so much as what is just off the road, what happens on the waysides of American literature, and who (or what) gathers in and at the taverns, bars, motels, farmhouses, barbeque joints, tourist traps, fast food restaurants, diners, gas stations, shacks, barns, fields, and ditches that line the road. How do these sites, their placement on the wayside, and their cultural, chronological, and geographical positions, appear as significant themes or images in American literature? Where do they work in tandem with the symbol of the road, and where do they work against it? What do they tell us that the road canít?
Proposals (300-500 words) to Colin Clarke at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Deadline: September 15, 2008
Please include with your abstract:
Name and Affiliation
A/V requirements (if any; $10 handling fee)
The complete Call for Papers for the 2009 Convention will be posted in June: www.nemla.org.
Interested participants may submit abstracts to more than one NeMLA panel; however panelists can only present one paper. Convention participants may present a paper at a panel or seminar and also present at a creative session or participate in a roundtable.
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