The notion of indebtedness is connected to loss (and the threat of loss) in terms of spiritual, emotional, and physical capital; moreover, indebtedness is especially magnified because of the implication that it is not limited to a singular moment. Rather, the concept of debt is dependent on a notion of loss that defies a temporal construct—it connects the past, the present, and the future. To that end, this panel is concerned with how creative writers use the narrative to engage with emotional, spiritual, or physical loss in its many manifestations, particularly as it relates to time. Please submit creative prose that dramatizes themes such as bankruptcy (physical or moral); indebtedness (physical capital or emotional); loss of (a loved one, physical capital, a trade, use in society, homeland, etc). Narratives that are formally concerned with the ways the past and the future have a bearing on the direct present are especially welcome.
Please send a 250 word abstract or a sample of your creative prose to Julie Iromuanya (email@example.com), Northeastern Illinois University, by June 4, 2012.
The Midwest Modern Language Association Annual Conference will be held in Cincinnati, Ohio, at the Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza from November 8-11, 2012.
Julie Iromuanya, Ph.D.
Northeastern Illinois University
5500 North Saint Louis Avenue
Chicago, IL 60625 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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