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Literature Association

24th Annual Conference


May 23-26, 2013


Copley Place

10 Huntington Avenue

Boston MA




Director:  Olivia Carr Edenfield

Southern University


Conference Fee:  For those who pre-register before April 15,
2013:  $90 

($60 for
Graduate Students, Independent Scholars, and Retired Faculty).

 After April 15, the fees are $100 and $75.



Deadline for Proposals:         January
30, 2013



ALA website contains further details and instructions for submitting proposals as
well as important information for representatives of participating author
societies.  Proposals from individuals
and program information from author societies should be sent to Professor
Olivia Carr Edenfield via email


January 30, 2013, following the instructions on the website:


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Copley Place Hotel is now sold out.

Please contact A
Room With A View for information on the
designated ALA overflow hotel.  They
will secure the lowest available rates within walking distance of
The Westin Hotel.  In the event that
rooms become available at The Westin Hotel due to cancellations, A Room With A View will notify conference attendees and help
transfer reservations back to The Westin Hotel in the order in which they
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Our Boston Location: In 2013,
the American Literature Association will return to the Westin Copley Place
Hotel in BostonÂ’s
Back Bay.  This is certainly one of the most central and
most convenient locations in Boston, with easy access by skybridge
to the shops and restaurants of Copley Place Mall and the Prudential Center and
only two blocks from Newbury Street and very convenient access to local trains
and AmTrak as well as many of the major historical
attractions. For further information on the hotel, please consult its website (\copleyplace).



Conference Housing Information
: ALA Conference Housing Information: ALA Conference Housing Information:
The Westin Copley Place will offer a conference rate of $179 for a single or
double room (triples are $199).

reservations, please Go on-line to

or call Westin Central Reservations (1-800-WESTIN-1) as soon as possible
and no later than April 15, 2011 and request the American Literature conference

If you have any difficulties with the 800 number,
you can call the Westin Copley Place Boston Reservations Department directly
(617-262-9600), but the hotel prefers that you use the 800 number.



For the 2013 conference, the

will again rely on electronic submission of program information and conference
proposals.  As usual, the societies that
make up the American Literature Association will organize much of the program.
Individual societies will issue their own calls for papers, which may be listed
on the
ALA website as well as on the societies’ own website and publications.  Guidelines for author societies are detailed
towards the end of this notice.


may also propose papers or panels to the conference director by January 30,
2013.  Preference will be given to papers
and panels that represent authors, genres, or topics that are not covered by
the societies that make up the ALA. 
Proposals must follow the guidelines described at the end of this


Conference Schedule

            Thursday, May 23 2013:             Sessions from 9:00 AM until 6:00 PM

Exhibit: 11:00 AM – 5 PM

Reception:  6:00 - 7:00 PM

              Friday, May 24, 2013:              Sessions from 8:10 AM until 6:30

                                                            Book Exhibit:  9 AM – 5


Readings and
Receptions: 6:30-8:00 PM            

             Saturday, May 25, 2013:           Sessions from 8:10 AM until 6:30 PM.

Exhibit:  9:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Business Meeting for Society Reps: 

Reception: 6:30 - 7:30 PM

             Sunday, May 26, 2013:             Sessions from 8:30 AM until 1:00 PM


Book Exhibit:   An exhibit of scholarly books will be held during the second two
days of the conference. Thursday will be used to permit exhibitors to set up.  About twenty publishers are expected to take
part. To have your books represented at the exhibit, ask your publisher to
consider taking part in the book exhibit or to contact ScholarÂ’s Choice (see
information below), which will organizing exhibits for publishers.  Publishers should direct any questions to
Alfred Bendixen at
-- We welcome the participation of publishers and are one of the few scholarly
organizations that do NOT charge an exhibit fee. Publishers who are unable to attend, but wish to have a few titles
exhibited should contact The Scholar's
. They will again be providing the combined book exhibit at
our annual conference. Please contact Mary Lynn Howe by email (
or phone (585-262-2048 x.111) for more information.

Scholar’s Choice:  The American Literature Association has again
arranged with The ScholarÂ’s Choice to manage the combined book exhibit for our
meeting taking place May 23-26, 2013 in
.  It may be possible for your
recently-published books to be included in their display.  Please refer to
the guidelines below:


“Any members interested in having
their book displayed at the upcoming meeting should contact their publisher
between October 30th, 2012 and March 1st, 2013.  The Scholar’s Choice displays on behalf of
the publishers and all requests must come from them, not the individual
If they donÂ’t
already have it, the press may request the appropriate paperwork by emailing
Mary Lynn Howe at


conference fee

covers the costs of the conference including the opening and closing
receptions.  It does not include any
meals. All of those who are on the
program are required to pre-register
. For those who register before April
15, 2013, the pre-registration rate is $90 ($60 for Graduate Students,
Independent Scholars, and Retired Faculty). 
After April 15, the conference fee becomes $100 ($75 for Graduate
Students, Independent Scholars, and Retired Faculty). Registration Information
for the conference will be available on the website in January. The website will
list the program as soon as it is available –a draft will probably appear
during the second week of 
.  Copies of the
printed program will be mailed in late April to those who pre-register.


Membership in the

is not required in order to propose or present a paper.  In fact, technically the members of the
American Literature Association are the various author societies.  Individuals may keep informed about the
activities of the ALA by checking our website
(, which is the primary source for information about




The easiest
way to find out about the conference and all
activities is by consulting our website:


ALA Guidelines: The most common
format is a time
slot of one hour and twenty minutes with three papers and a chair.  This permits some time for discussion and
three papers of approximately 20 minutes (or ten typed double-spaced pages).
Organizers of panels are free to use other formats provided they respect the
time limits.  Please note that the normal
reading time for a paper is two minutes per double-spaced page (or 20 minutes
for a 10-page paper). Furthermore, the

encourages panel organizers to experiment with innovative formats including
discussion groups and panels featuring more speakers and briefer papers. Chairs
will make sure that the panels start and end on time and that no speaker goes
beyond the allotted time limit.  Chairs
may NOT present papers on the panels that they are moderating, and no one may
present more than one paper at the

conference. Individuals may, however, present a paper on one panel, and chair
other panels, and/or also present on roundtable discussions.


Procedures for Author
  The representatives of the various author
societies that make up the American Literature Association will organize most
of the program.  Societies are expected
to offer their own calls for papers using their websites, email list-serves,
newsletters, other publications, or mailing lists.  Each society is also expected to post a call
for papers or announce its plans on this
ALA website by sending the CFP to Alfred Bendixen at as soon as possible and
No Later Than December 1, 2012.   Societies are expected to advertise the
national conference in their publications or on their websites.  This expectation can be met by including the
following notice in appropriate publications and websites:


American Literature AssociationÂ’s 24th annual conference will meet at the

Westin Copley Place

May 23-26, 2013 (Thursday through Sunday of Memorial Day weekend).  The deadline for proposals is January 30,
2013. For further information, please consult the
ALA website at or
contact the conference director, Professor Olivia Carr Edenfield
via email  ( with
specific questions.


The official representatives of each author
society should confirm tentative plans for sessions with the conference
director by email at before Nov 1, 2012. This is
essential if any society is requesting more than two sessions and a business
meeting. All that is required is an email noting the number of desired sessions
and any special requests. If your society, for whatever reason, chooses not to
sponsor a session this year, please let the conference director know that.


By January 30, 2013, the conference director
should receive an email with the complete program information. That information
should follow the following format for each panel:


1.         The subject line of the email should read
ALA 2013: Name of Society. This enables the conference director to file emails
efficiently. Then provide the rest of information as both an attachment (preferably
in WORD) and pasted in.  The
will use Ariel
Narrow (12 point font); please do so if you can.  If you cannot, do not worry about it.


Provide the program information so that it can be pasted into the final
program.  Please look at the following sample
and then at the specific instructions that follow:


The Sublime in the
Poetry of Sample

Organized by the Ima Sample Society


Chair:  Joseph Goodscholar,

University of


1.         “Irony and Angst in the poetry
of Ima Sample,” Noah Problem,
College of
Notre Doubt

2.         “The

BeautifulGarden in The Jungle: Sample’s Influence on Sinclair,” Raphael Hythloday,
University of
East London

3.         “Sample’s
‘Mambo’ Poems and the Humor of Mark Twain: Beyond Beauty and Truth,” Uriah
Heap, Independent Scholar


Equipment required: None


Requested slot: Thursday or Friday


Business Meeting Requested: 
immediately following panel if possible


note that the sample above has no formatting (no bold, no CAPS). Please note that
the presentations are listed with numbers and then five spaces and then the
information.  They are NOT INDENTED as
some word processing panels will do automatically unless you turn off
auto-format. Book titles are italicized. If the conference organizer can cut
and paste, then everything goes quickly. 


Provide the exact Title of the Session as you wish it listed in the
Program.  (Please try to be both concise
and precise). Please do NOT use CAPS or
special fonts or highlighting or Bold or any special formatting in any part of
the material you send!

On the second line, please write Organized by Name of Your Society

Then list:  Chair: Name,

For each paper, begin with a number, skip five spaces or hit tab, then
provide the title of the presentation in quotation marks, and then the correct
name of the presenter, and his or her academic affiliation. For independent
scholars, you may identify a society, a place, or just note independent scholar
or biographer or anything you deem appropriate. 
For any questions about matters of format and style, please consult The
Chicago Manual of Style

You may list a respondent, if appropriate and desired.

Then write Audio-Visual Equipment Required and state NONE or request
the specific equipment desired.  The
ALA will normally
provide projectors for powerpoint
and dvd presentations and screens (but we will not provide laptop computers).  We will no longer provide overhead
projectors, slide projectors, vcrs,
or cd or cassette tape players (but you may, of course, bring your own cd or
tape player). Please note that audio-visual equipment is very expensive and
usually takes up over $12,000 of our budget. It costs much more to rent a piece
of a/v equipment and a competent Tech person for three days than it costs to
buy it. Feel free to use a/v if needed, but make sure that all audio-visual
requests reach the conference director by January 30, 2013.

G.         Because of the complexity of the
program, we cannot permit individual societies to request specific time slots,
but you may designate two preferred days and request either morning or
afternoon.  The conference director will attempt to honor all reasonable
requests provided the required program information arrives by January 30, 2013,
but no promises or guarantees can be made. 

H.         Please
italicize book-length works and foreign phrases and use quotation marks

shorter works.

I.          Please
remind all of your participants that no-one may present more than one paper at

conference and that we need to know about a/v requests immediately.

J.          Proposals that fail to follow these
directions will be returned to the proposer. 


3.          Please note that the
also welcomes Round
Table Discussions.  The difference
between a panel and a round table is that a round table usually has a Moderator
who is participating in the discussion (instead of a Chair who simply
introduces speakers and monitors time) and more than 4 (four)
participants.  Roundtable presentations
may or may not have titles listed but round table presentations normally are 8
(eight) minutes or less in length.


4.         If
you wish to also schedule a business meeting for your society, please request
Business Meeting and provide any desired days and times.  It is important that you let the conference
know if you wish the business
meeting to come before or after a panel. 
Please note that we cannot guarantee to provide specific times, but we
will usually try to put the business meeting directly after one of your


5.         Please note that we no longer need you to provide the email
address or mailing address of your participants since ALL communication with
your panel will go through you.

Please include a phone number where you can be reached
in the event that the conference director is unable to email you.

The conference director will confirm the receipt of
all emails within 3 business days.  The
conference director may
refer you to the website but will never send you an attachment to open, because
of the danger of computer viruses.  By
the second week in March, the conference director will let you know the day on
which your panel or panels are scheduled. 
You should inform your participants of the day and instruct them to
register using the information on the website at and
explaining that their early registration and payment saves the organization
time and money. You will also inform them to check the on-line program for
accuracy and to send any corrections to both you and the conference

WeÂ’ll send a printed program
to everyone who pre-registers. 


6.         If
any conference proposal comes in after the deadline, the conference director
may be unable to place it on the program and will not be able to
consider requests for specific times.


Procedures for Individual
:  Individuals may propose either a paper or a
panel or round table to the conference director no earlier than December 1, 2012 and no later than the deadline of
January 30, 2013.  The conference
director will give preference to papers and panels on authors, texts, and
topics not covered by the member societies of the ALA.
  Those proposing a paper or panel on a topic
represented by an author society should consult with the relevant society
before submitting the proposal to the ALA. 
All proposals must be by email and should be both pasted in and included
as attachments (preferably in WORD).


For an Individual Paper:  In the subject line of the email, please put
ALA 2013 Proposal: and then a brief title of between one and five words.  That will enable the conference director to
file emails efficiently. Please provide a clear and useful title for your paper
and then an abstract describing the paper (usually between 250-600 words) and
then a brief discussion of your status (i.e., an Associate Professor who has
published a book and several articles on this topic/author; a graduate student
who is offering part of his/her dissertation, etc.) or a two-page vita if that
is easier.  It is important that your
abstract enable the conference director and his advisory committee to evaluate
the nature of your work.  You must
also indicate whether you need any audio-visual equipment to present your work.
Please provide a phone number (which will only be used if email fails to work
for some reason).


In choosing papers, the conference director
may need to emphasize the ways in which individual papers contribute to the
formation of logical and coherent panels,


For a panel:  Please follow the sample below so the
conference director can paste in the panels and round tables that are accepted.

In the subject line of the
email, please put ALA 2013 Proposal: and then a brief title of between one and
five words.  In your proposal, which you
should both paste into the email and provide as an
attachment (preferably in Word), begin with the information in the sample

After providing the panel
information in a form that can be pasted directly into the program, please
provide a clear description of the panel and its goals, the titles of
individual papers, appropriate abstracts for the papers, and a brief
description of the participants and their relevant work.  It is crucial that you note any
audio-visual needs in your proposal. Finally, please provide your phone number
(which will only be used if email fails to work for some reason.)


Please consult the following Sample.


Sublime in the American Gothic Tradition


and Chair: Joseph Goodscholar,
University of


1.         “Irony and Angst in the Gothic
Novels of the
EarlyRepublic,” Noah Problem,
College ofNotre Doubt

2.         “The
BeautifulGarden in HawthorneÂ’s
The Scarlet Letter,”  Raphael Hythloday,

University of
East London

3.         “Beyond the Castle: Gothic
Transformations in the Humor of American Realism,” Uriah Heap, Independent


Equipment required: None


if the organizer is not the chair of the session, then write


by: Name of Individual organizer

then Chair: Name


remember that individuals may NOT chair panels on which they present papers.


note that the sample above has no formatting (no bold, no CAPS). Please note
that the presentations are listed with numbers and then five spaces then the
information.  They are NOT INDENTED as
some word processing panels will do automatically unless you turn off
auto-format. Book titles are italicized. Commas are used to separate the title
and presenter and affiliation and there is no period at the end of each
listing.  If the conference organizer can
cut and paste, then everything goes quickly. 


In evaluating the quality of a proposal, the
ALAÂ’s selection
committee tends to be suspicious of any panel in which all the participants are
from the same institution or are all graduate students.  The

welcomes panels that represent a diversity of perspectives and demonstrates
relevant expertise. We believe that graduate students are best served when they
are on panels with senior scholars and assistant professors.



Some reminders:


The deadline for all proposals from
individuals and panels from author societies is January 30, 2013.


No-one may present more than one paper at an
conference.  It is possible to present a paper and chair
another panel or panels and also participate in a round-table discussion.


Please make sure to indicate any audio-visual
requests with your proposal.  Late a/v
requests may not be considered.


Please make sure to follow the instructions
above.  The use of electronic submissions
enables the

to maintain the lowest conference fee of any major organization.


Participating author societies are required
to advertise the national conference and are expected to post call for papers
or announce their plans on the



The conference director will attempt to
acknowledge the receipt of all emails within 3 business days and will try to
respond as quickly as possible to all proposals. 


Please note that the American Literature
Association maintains the lowest conference fees of any major scholarly
organization because it operates without a paid staff.  We cannot help you find a roommate or spend a
great deal of time answering personal phone calls.  If you have any questions that are not
answered by this announcement, please contact the conference director, Olivia
Carr Edenfield at or Alfred Bendixen, Executive
Director of the ALA, at




Thank you for your
support of the American Literature Association