Call for papers

Association Internationale Zola et Naturalisme

President: Anna GURAL-MIGDAL
Vice President: Robert SINGER
Secretary: Carolyn SNIPES-HOYT

The University of New Orleans

Call for Papers/Appel de Communications

AIZEN/University of New Orleans International Conference
“Emile Zola and Naturalism”

The AIZEN® (Association Internationale Zola et Naturalisme) and University of New Orleans (USA) solicit submissions for the jointly-sponsored conference “Emile Zola and Naturalism” to be hosted by

The Department of Foreign Languages,
College of Liberal Arts,
University of New Orleans
New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
March 6-8, 2014

We invite proposals for original papers, panels of three or four, and special sessions. Comparative and interdisciplinary approaches are welcome. Professors, scholars, instructors, and doctoral candidates from the disciplines of literature, film, visual arts, history, sociology and women’s studies are encouraged to submit proposals for twenty-minute presentations. Audiovisual equipment will be available in the conference rooms.

The following are suggested topics or panel headings:

  • Frank Norris and Zola
  • French and American Naturalisms—Urban and Rural
  • Female Naturalist Writers in the US—North and South (Willa Cather, Edith Wharton, Kate Chopin, etc.)
  • Naturalism and the Sublime
  • Natures and Naturalisms (French, Francophone, Filmic)
  • Le Roman expérimental in Europe and America
  • Zola and Naturalist Theater
  • The Medan Group
  • J’accuse in America: Context and Response
  • Naturalism in Africa and the Caribbean
  • Naturalism in Nineteenth-Century American Creole Literature (Alfred Mercier, Sidonie de la Houssaye, Georges Dessommes, George Washington Cable, etc.)
  • Naturalist Aspects of Contemporary American Cinema
  • Zola and the Ashcan School of Painting (John Sloan, Robert Henri, William Glackens, George Luks, etc.)
  • Naturalism and Neo-Naturalism in Austrian Literature and Film

Most papers will be presented in English, but abstracts and papers in French will also be welcome.

Please e-mail your suggestions for panels and/or abstracts with a brief resume to:

Dr. Anna Gural-Migdal, Professor,
Dept. of Modern Langs and Cultural Studies
University of Alberta, Canada
and Dr. Juliana Starr, Associate Professor
Dept. of Foreign Languages
University of New Orleans, USA

Deadline for proposals: August 15, 2013

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