Although John Steinbeck is often treated as primarily--or most importantly--a social protest novelist, to consider his work as merely social documentary is to fail to examine the tensions between his "Realist" or "Naturalist" depictions and his understanding (based in part on his attempts to practice "non-teleological" thinking) of discourses as forces which shape our conceptualization of the world. Steinbeck's fiction and non-fiction derive from, interact with, imply, and critique a wide range of histories, historiographic practice and historians. This proposed panel--organized on behalf of the John Steinbeck Society of America--seeks papers which will examine the congruences, dislocations and ruptures in the relationships between Steinbeck's fictions and the various historiographies (Spenglerian, Social Darwinist, etc.) he employs to construct them.
Please submit a one-page abstract and a brief c.v. to Kevin Hearle (firstname.lastname@example.org) by February 25, 2010.
Kevin Hearle, 2008-09 & 2009-10 Visiting Scholar
Bill Lane Center for the American West
Stanford, CA 94305 Email: email@example.com
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