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>From: "M. G. Aune" <[log in to unmask]>
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>Subject: CFP: Transatlantic Travel Writing (3/15/06; MLA '06)
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>Looking West Looking East: Transatlanic Travel Writing (MLA 2006)
>
>Cultures' attitudes towards their Transatlantic neighbors are not always
>admiring.  Judgment and unfavorable comparisons are often invoked.  In
>her travel narrative Domestic Manners of the Americans Frances Trollope
>described the Campbell-Own debate of 1829: "All this I think could only
>have happened in America.  I am not quite sure that it was very
>desirable it should have happened any where."  About
>one-hundred-seventy-five years later, looking from the opposite
>direction Joe Queenan observed that: "unlike Americans, who want
>everything to be cut and dried, the British people ... are quite
>comfortable with a civilization that is a complete mess."
>
>The MLA Discussion Group on Travel Literature seeks papers that
>investigate transatlantic travel writing, looking in either direction. 
>The epigraph notwithstanding, the session's focus is not strictly on
>Anglo-American encounters.  We invite papers that address transatlantic
>travel writing in terms of
>
><>new world/old word,
>north/south,
>race,
>ethnicity,
>visual culture,
>film,
>photography,
>the Black Atlantic,
>gender
>postcolonialism,
>imperialism,
>misanthropy,
>emulation,
>humor,
>cultural antagonism,
>
>other approaches
>
><>Please send three to five hundred word abstracts of fifteen-minute
>papers to M. G. Aune, Department of English, North Dakota State
>University, Fargo, ND 58105. Or m.aune(at)ndsu.edu.  The deadline is 15
>March 2006.
>
>

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