Remembering the American West (MLA 2013, Boston)
Affiliate Organization Session of the Western Literature Association
A group of western writers could almost be “expatriates” as they relied on their notes, sketches, and memories to produce the vivid narratives of the American West that became their literary homes while living in their literal homes in the American East. And if the writers of the west weren’t living in the East, there was a time when they were writing for eastern publishers. Such western literary icons as John Steinbeck, Willa Cather, and Mary Austin spent at least a portion of their lives living in New York. Mari Sandoz, Loren Eisley, Wright Morris, and Mark Twain also lived in the East while writing about the West. How does working from memory and experiencing the separation from the literal landscape and people that make up the American West influence authors and publishers in the East when producing the West?
300-word abstracts to Max Despain, U.S. Air Force Academy (firstname.lastname@example.org) by March 5, 2012.