Wednesday, November 7, 2007

The Novels of William Gibson - Call for Papers

American Literature Association
19th Annual Conference
May 22-25, 2008
Hyatt Regency San Francisco


Now accepting submissions for “The Novels of William Gibson”, a proposed panel for the 2008 American Literature Association conference.


William Gibson has been credited with launching the cyberpunk genre, as well as with writing the first truly global-realist novel. This panel intends to examine the complexities of Gibson’s oevre in order to situate individual works firmly within the steadily changing socioeconomic and political context his novels aim to represent. Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

- Cyberspace, the internet and technoculture
- the effacement of time by space
- postmodern (political) subjectivity
- representations/critiques of consumer capitalism
- (anti-)globalization
- gender (and technology, virtual reality, etc.)
- 9/11
- genre/literary form

Send abstracts of 250-300 words by January 1, 2008 to Mathias Nilges, University of Illinois at Chicago (mnilge1@uic.edu).

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