Sunday, 12 January, 8:30–9:45 a.m., Belmont, Chicago Marriott
A special session
Presiding: Michael Von Cannon, Louisiana State Univ., Baton Rouge
Speakers: Lara Langer Cohen, Swarthmore Coll.; Betsy Erkkilä, Northwestern Univ.; J. Gerald Kennedy, Louisiana State Univ., Baton Rouge; Joseph J. Letter, Univ. of Tampa; Leonard Tennenhouse, Duke Univ.
Our roundtable addresses the American novel’s volatile beginnings, nineteenth-century print culture, and nation building. We will engage with a profoundly vulnerable period—where national character was forged in contrast to the “other” and where the age of reprinting raised questions about fostering a resilient nation.
Genre, Theory, Method – Literary History
American Literature – Before 1900