Dear Cather Folks,
The ALA is hosting a conference in November in Santa Fe (see details below). The organizers have asked if the Willa Cather Foundation would like to host a panel at the conference. If you are interested in participating, please send a brief abstract to me ([log in to unmask]) by August 27.
This is obviously a fecund area for Cather Scholars and I think it would be wonderful if we had a presence at the conference. I also realize this is a busy time of year for everyone and very short notice. Based on your feedback, we would have one or two panels with three presentations each.
Sights and Sites:
Vision and Place in American Literature
November 1-3, 2018
Drury Plaza Hotel in Santa Fe
828 Paseo de Peralta
Santa Fe, NM 87501
Alfred Bendixen, Princeton University
Keynote Speaker: Karen Kilcup,
University of North Carolina, at Greensboro
For our 2018 Fall Symposium, the American Literature Association will head to beautiful Santa Fe, New Mexico. The Drury Plaza Hotel offers both an excellent location right near the central plaza and excellent rates. Single and double rooms will be available for $129 a night plus taxes; this rate includes not only a free breakfast and wireless access, but also an afternoon “kickback” every evening at 5:30 featuring hot food and cold drinks. Valet parking will be $10 per night.
Sights and Sites: Vision and Place in American Literature: What does it mean to envision the American landscape? What are the philosophical, psychological, and political factors that shape how writers look at a place and transform their perceptions into works of fiction, poetry, drama, travel writing, and autobiography? How does race, class, and gender influence the perception of natural and social sites? These and other related questions should provide for a lively weekend of literary exploration and good conversation. We welcome proposals for individual papers, complete panels, and roundtable discussions on any aspect of this important subject.
Charmion E. Gustke, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of English
Coordinator, First-Year Seminar
Office: Janet Ayers Academic Center 3070
Phone: (615) 460-6902
1900 Belmont Blvd. | Nashville, TN 37212