This is a call for papers for a conference at CSU Bakersfield (Nov. 6-8) on the cultural legacy of John Steinbeck's novel The Grapes of Wrath in this, the 75th anniversary of its publication. John Ford's 1940 film version helped make the case for social reform that echoed decades thereafter, through the farm labor movement, folk music, and the musical style known as the Bakersfield Sound--even as it set off the kinds of reactions described in Rick Wartzman's Obscene in the Extreme: The Burning and Banning of John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath (2008).
We invite proposals for panels and/or 20-min. papers from established and emerging scholars, as well as from graduate and advanced undergraduate students, and from diverse disciplines, as well as those taking an interdisciplinary perspective. Suggested categories are the Dust Bowl migration and migration to California; banned books and censorship; musical legacies, including country music and the Bakersfield Sound; CA agriculture and labor; the Dust Bowl in the visual arts, esp. in photography and film; the Great Depression and the New Deal in California; the social protest novel; Steinbeck's literary influence; and the literature of California.
Keynote speakers include James N. Gregory, Dan Morgan, Peter LaChapelle, Rick Wartzman, Susan Shillinglaw, and Gerald Haslam.
Email abstracts of no more then 200 words, along with a one-pg. cv, to Prof. Miriam Raub Vivian at firstname.lastname@example.org by July 1, 2014 (extended from 5/1).
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