Taking its cue from the major crowd psychologists of the turn-of-the-century, this panel of the 2011 NeMLA conference employs “the crowd” as a metonymic figure for broader collectives, such as the public, the masses, the multitude, and “the people,” to offer a much-needed reconsideration of collective subjectivity in American literature. How do American writers represent the many? What kinds of metaphors do they employ to ground this nebulous figure? What, if any, political promise does the crowd possess for them?
Possible topics may include, but are not limited to:
The crowd and women
The crowd and the child
The ethics, politics, or aesthetics of the many
The urban sublime
The “they” in American small-towns
The 42nd Annual Northeast Modern Language Association conference, hosted by Rutgers University, we be held April 7-10, 2011 in New Brunswick, New Jersey.
Deadline for proposals is September 30th, 2010. Please send a 300 word abstract and a brief bio to Phillip Mahoney at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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