American, British, and Canadian Literature: 1800-1999 (Formerly Contemporary Studies) Conference 2020

Country: USA

City: Minneapolis

Abstr. due: 30.04.2020

Dates: 02.10.20 — 04.10.20

Area Of Sciences: Cultural science;

Organizing comittee e-mail:

Organizers: Midwest Popular Culture Association/Midwest American Culture Association


The American, British, and Canadian Literature: 1800-1999  area of the Midwest Popular Culture Association/Midwest American Culture Association is now accepting proposals for its 2020 conference in Minneapolis, MN. We are looking for papers that examine any aspect of literature from any the countries, from any time period and using any number of methods.   It would be especially exciting to see papers/panels that address more than one country.  Potential topics for paper or panel proposals include, but are not limited to:

  • Cross-fertilization of themes, plots, tropes between American, British, and Canadian literature
  • The impact of the Victorians on literature
  • The intersections between high society or really any society and sex work
  • The representations of gender and sexuality, race and ethnicity, and class and economics in the literature
  • What is the “canon” versus what was actually popular during the time period; alternatively, any discussion of the canon
  • Forgotten or semi-forgotten ­--­­authors or works of literature that warrant a new investigation in the 21st century
  • Depictions of “frontier” and frontier life
  • Literature that explores the burgeoning fields of psychology and advertising
  • Literature that explores the themes of “the criminal” and/or “the prison”
  • The rise of the memoir, especially those by women or people of color
  • Examinations of the Industrial Revolution and/or the Frontier
  • Exploration of the shrinking world, especially as it relates to Imperialism

Please submit a paper abstract of 250-300 words or a panel proposal including short abstracts and titles of each prospective paper to the "American, British, and Canadian Literature: 1800-1999" area on the MPCA/ACA Submission website ( We strongly encourage pre-constituted panel submissions.

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