Call for Papers

“Economies” – April 4-5th, 2014 University of South Carolina, Columbia

The Inaugural American Literature Graduate Conference at The University of South Carolina

The English Department at the University of South Carolina is pleased to announce its inaugural Graduate American Literature Conference on the theme of “Economies.”  We are currently accepting individual paper and panel proposals addressing all aspects of economies: What is an economy? What kinds of economies exist? How do economies impose themselves on literature, and vice versa? How do economies affect genre?

We are pleased to announce that our Keynote Speaker will by Dr. Scott Romine, author of The Real South: Southern Narrative in the Age of Cultural Reproduction. Our Plenary Speaker will be Dr. Cynthia Davis, author of Charlotte Perkins Gilman: A Biography. In addition, we will hold a Roundtable with USC English Faculty on the future of American Studies.  USC Americanist faculty includes Kate Adams, Bob Brinkmeyer, Mark Cooper, Susan Courtney, David Cowart, Cynthia Davis, Alao Folashade, Greg Forter, Brian Glavey, David Greven, Leon Jackson, Catherine Keyser, Marvin McAlister, Tara Powell, Sara Schwebel, David Shields, Scott Trafton, Susan Vandenborg, Qiana Whitted, and Gretchen Woertendyke..

The Special Collections of the Thomas Cooper library houses the complete archive of William Gilmore Simms and substantive collections on the works of F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, Norman Mailer, Joseph Heller, Kaye Gibbons, and James Ellroy–among many others–and welcomes visiting scholars.

Single paper abstracts should be 250-500 words. Panel proposals should include an abstract for each paper as well as a description of the panel’s objective not to exceed 550 words.  Please also include with all proposals your full name and contact information, as well as institutional affiliation and a CV.

The deadline for proposal submissions is January 18th, 2013.

Notification of acceptance will occur no later than February 2014.

Interpretations of the theme may include but are not restricted to:

– Financial, moral, emotional, racial, ethnic, cultural, consumerist, historical, modern, fictional, speculative, geographical, agricultural, industrial, post-industrial, urban, rural, trade, public, private, gender, feminist, sexual, queer, social, domestic, interpersonal, educational, academic, regional, national, international, transglobal, transatlantic, imaginary, physical, literary, print, media, information, capitalist, imperial, oligarchic, feudal, mercantile, military, wartime, maritime, economies of vice, business, transport, climatological, economic hubs (financial centers, ports, etc.), economies of scale, micro, macro

–  Marxist, Keynesian, Utopian, Dystopian, Jeffersonian, Agrarian, Libertarian, Conservative, (Neo-)Liberal

–  Economic causes/effects in literature: moments of crisis, recovery, downturn, depression, development, gentrification, oppression, ghettoization, revolution

Please send proposals as well as any questions to,


The Graduate American Literature Colloquium

Department of English

University of South Carolina, Columbia


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