Call for Papers

ALA 2020

The American Literature Association Conference will take place in San Diego, CA, from May 21-24, 2020.  Like usual, the Kurt Vonnegut Society will organize two panels and host a business meeting.  Look for our call for papers in early November of 2019.

NeMLA 2020

The Kurt Vonnegut Society will host a panel at the 2020 Northeast Modern Language Association Conference, which will take place in Boston, MA, on March 5-8.  Here’s the call for the papers:

Vonnegut, Narrative, and (Re)Shaping American Identities (Kurt Vonnegut Society session)

Writers and scholars alike are in a unique position to consider the myriad ways that narrative and language shape individual consciousnesses, identities, and stories (both personal and national). The Kurt Vonnegut Society’s allied-organization panel seeks papers that consider Vonnegut’s role in (re)shaping conventional wisdom about Americans and American identities. Papers need not tarry with the concern so directly, but may consider a broad range of approaches including, but not limited to, the following questions:

    • What critical relationships do readers see between Vonnegut’s characters and his various formal narrative contrivances?
    • To what ends do Vonnegut’s genre concerns give shape to his realism, and vice versa?
    • How does Vonnegut’s public desire for social justice bump up against the shapes of his often vexed depictions of characters from non-dominant identity categories?
    • What ways did (and does) Vonnegut shape new approaches to ethics and/or global citizenry?
    • How might Vonnegut’s efforts to shape his public persona position his fiction across his career?
    • How does Vonnegut the teacher produce and shape a lasting legacy within fiction through his students and their works?

Any original approach will also be considered. Please submit abstracts of 250-300 words, and a short bio of no more than 100 words. (Abstracts may be submitted via the NeMLA website).  Submission deadline is September 30, 2019.  Please contact Tom Hertweck, Vice-President of the Kurt Vonnegut Society, with any questions.