CALL FOR PAPERS
Anticipating the publication of DeLillo's Underworld (Scribner, October 3, 1997), we seek papers for a conference on DeLillo. We would like the conference "Don DeLillo: 'At the Edges of Perception'" to serve as an occasion both to look back on his career, and ahead to where his work leads us in the next century. Possible topics include but are not limited to:
Cold War and post-Cold War America, conspiracy, ethics, technology, mass media, artistic movements (Pop Art, Abstract Expressionism, jazz) and images (photography, film, television), relationship between history and fiction, dystopia/utopia, modernism/postmodernism, DeLillo's place in literary canons (genre, influences).
Papers that focus on any of DeLillo's novels are encouraged.
For submission: 3 copies of a 250-500 word abstract to Jacqueline Zubeck O'Donoghue by December 15, 1997. The abstract should be accompanied by 3 copies of a cover sheet with the following items: name, academic affiliation (if applicable), title of paper (as it should appear in the program), most reliable mailing address in late January, telephone number(s), email address, a brief (100-150 word) biographical note. Critical papers published or presented prior to the conference date cannot be accepted.
Panels will be organized by Feb. 1. We ask that participants submit 10-page (single-spaced) papers for the conference by March 1. The papers will be numbered, a checklist sent to participants, who may order a set number. Copies of the papers will be mailed back by March 15.