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313. Revisiting "Nation" in the Study of American Literature and Culture

Friday, 6 January, 3:30–4:45 p.m., 615, WSCC

Program arranged by the American Literature Section

Presiding: Dana D. Nelson, Vanderbilt Univ.

Speakers: John Ernest, West Virginia Univ., Morgantown; Susan K. Harris, Univ. of Kansas; William J. Maxwell, Washington Univ. in St. Louis; Joycelyn K. Moody, Univ. of Texas, San Antonio; Sarah Ruffing Robbins, Texas Christian Univ.

Session Description:

How can the interpretive categories of "the U.S." and "the nation" inform the study of American literatures and cultures? Speakers examine ways to put interpretive frames of the "national" into dialogue with other critical categories. Panelists discuss the national as a useful interpretive lens and ways to redirect conversations toward both/and approaches in place of binaries such as the national versus the transnational.


  • American Literature – General

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