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431. Fault Lines in American Literary History

Saturday, 5 January, 8:30–9:45 a.m., Back Bay A, Sheraton

A special session

Presiding: Elizabeth Renker, Ohio State Univ., Columbus

Speakers: Dale Marie Bauer, Univ. of Illinois, Urbana; Lawrence I. Buell, Harvard Univ.; Karin LaGrand Hooks, Ohio State Univ., Columbus; Robert S. Levine, Univ. of Maryland, College Park; Elizabeth Renker

Session Description:

This roundtable will discuss particular “fault lines” in standard narratives of American literary history, including how we understand the political culture of the 1820s and 1830s; women novelists writing in the second half of the nineteenth century; literary historians from the 1890s; postbellum American poetry; and the current state of the disciplinary field vision.


  • Genre, Theory, Method – Literary History

  • American Literature – General

  • American Literature – Before 1900

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