>From: "Marilyn Rye" <[log in to unmask]>
>Subject: CFP: The City in the Text (9/15/06; NEMLA, 3/1/07-3/4/07)
>The City in the Text: Setting as Signifier
>The choice of a particular city, an urban setting, signifies more than a
>geographical and historic context. The literal place presents a range of
>images that present symbolically an author's memories, relationship, and use
>of a city to transform mimesis into artistic representation. While Joyce's
>use of Dublin for Ulysses is probably one of the first texts to come to
>mind, many authors use their text to introduce the city as a central
>presence, even character, in their texts. For example, some authors whose
>works could be considered are Dante's Inferno, many novels by Dickens,
>Hawthorne's House of the Seven Gables, Williams's Paterson, Hammett's The
>Maltese Falcon, or Gilchrist's use of New Orleans in stories. The Paris
>mapped out by Hemingway is not the same as the Paris depicted in iconic
>images of ravaged faces by Baudelaire. The New York of Edith Wharton is not
>the New York of Paul Auster. This panel will explore the representation of
>cities in an individual text and the way each presentation shapes a
>particular literary text. It asks presenters to raise the question, "How can
>we theorize about the presence of the city as a signifier in the text?"
>Texts may be from any time period and genre and from any literary tradition.
>Deadline for 250 word abstracts is Sept. 15, 2006.
>Send abstracts to: Marilyn Rye, [log in to unmask] or via US mail to Fairleigh
>Dickinson University, 285 Madison Avenue M-MS1-01, Madison,NJ 07940.
>973-443-8343. Include name and affiliation, email and postal addresses and
>home and office phone #s and AV requirements (if any).
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