53. Leading Novelists, Eminent Novels: Exploring the Early American Novel and Its Cultural Influences
Friday, 9 January, 1:45–3:00 p.m., Armitage, Chicago Marriott
A special session
Presiding: Jordan Von Cannon, Louisiana State Univ., Baton Rouge
Speakers: Jonathan Arac, Univ. of Pittsburgh; Caroline Field Levander, Rice Univ.; James L. Machor, Kansas State Univ.; Leland S. Person, Univ. of Cincinnati; David S. Reynolds, Graduate Center, City Univ. of New York
We will reconsider leading novelists in the light of new understandings of early American cultural and historical realities. Our participants explore connections between religious imagination and literary formation, alongside slavery debates and Stowe’s popularity. Others consider contributions by Melville and Sedgwick and the possibility of a multicultural national character in Cooper’s work.
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