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March 5, 2013
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CFP- St. Paul University in Minnesota

20th ANNIVERSARY OF THE ST. THOMAS MASTER OF ARTS IN ENGLISH PROGRAM: SHIFTING EMPHASES AND CHANGES IN THE DISCIPLINE

The UST English Graduate Program will hold its annual conference on FRIDAY, APRIL 26, 2013. While papers addressing any aspect of literature and culture will be considered, the graduate program particularly welcomes proposals for papers exploring the topic of “Shifting Emphases and Changes in the Discipline.”

Twenty years ago when the program began, its focus was on British and American literature in historical context. Although new historicism is still a vibrant field, literary studies has expanded in many different directions, creating room for hybrid genres (e.g. historical fiction, creative non-fiction), new applications of theory, multi-cultural and multi-ethnic literatures, cultural studies, world literature, and film.
How have new approaches affected studying, teaching, and writing about literature? What effects, intended and otherwise, has expansion of the canon produced? What contributions have been made to the discipline by evolving subspecialties like rhetoric and writing pedagogy? How have theoretical approaches changed(from “feminism” to “feminisms,” for example)? What has been the impact of interdisciplinary study?What role has the increased use of technology played in research and teaching? This conference will call for papers that deal with aspects of the dynamic field of English studies and new approaches to literary artistry.

We invite writers to submit papers that focus on these themes in their broad contexts. We encourage analyses of literary, cultural, cinematic, or other texts that explore themes concerning “changes in the discipline” in its political, pedagogical, psychological, social, economic, or philosophical contexts.

E-mail two-page (maximum) proposals for individual presentations or for panels of three to Catherine Craft-Fairchild (c9craftfairc@stthomas.edu) by Friday, 22 March 2013. Final papers should take 15 minutes (20 minutes maximum) to present.

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