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Friday, 3:30–4:45 p.m., 10B, ACC

The Past, Present, and Future of American Literature: Hubbell Lifetime Achievement Awardees Speak

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Program arranged by the American Literature Section. Presiding: Carrie Tirado Bramen, Univ. at Buffalo, State Univ. of New York

Speakers: Lawrence I. Buell, Harvard Univ.; Frances Smith Foster, Emory Univ.; Robert S. Levine, Univ. of Maryland, College Park; Cecelia Tichi, Vanderbilt Univ.

This panel addresses the specific challenges facing American literary studies today. As critics debate the post-American, postcanonical, transnational, hemispheric, oceanic, and the planetary, the parameters of the field remain in flux. One way to address this is by reflecting on the past and posing a question inspired by Ken Warren’s book: What was American literature?

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