The following panel welcomes submissions of original essays from scholars in a variety of fields that examine the use of family and place in the novels of Jonathan Franzen and Jeffery Eugenides. Particularly, how do these writers intertwine their descriptions of families living in a particular time and place with the story of larger American society and institutions? Or, how do the vices and failings of these families and their value systems mirror the larger failings of American corporations, social movements, government, etc? What do these approaches say about the challenges and/or possibilities facing contemporary writers wishing to engage in social commentary through their work?
Please submit abstract of no more than 500 words to Dotterman@adelphi.edu by June 10, 2013.
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