American Literature

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Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association (PCA/ACA)

2018 National Conference

Indianapolis, IN

March 28-31, 2018


Call for Papers: American Literature

Deadline: October 1, 2017

The American Literature Area of the PCA/ACA seeks individual papers for presentation at our 2018 National Conference, to be held March 28-31 in Indianapolis, IN at the J.W. Marriot.

Papers may concern any work(s) of American literature in any genre from the colonial era to the early twenty-first century. A range of critical approaches is welcomed: For instance, presentations may consider literary representations, explore historical implications, offer theoretical readings, or examine thematic parallels. Proposals about the intersections of American literature and popular culture—including but not limited to film, music, television, theater, visual arts, and fashion—are encouraged, as are treatments of race, ethnicity, gender, and sexuality in American literature.

Interested individuals should submit a titled, 250-word abstract and contact information—name, institutional affiliation (if applicable), email address, and telephone number—by October 1, 2017. Decisions pertaining to the status of proposals will be communicated within two weeks of receipt.

Proposals must be submitted through the PCA/ACA submission database, which can be found at Visit to learn more about the organization.

If you would like more information, or if you have any questions, please contact the American Literature Area Chair:

Corey Taylor, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of English
Department of Humanities and Social Sciences
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
5500 Wabash Avenue, CM 91
Terre Haute, IN 47803-3920