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Call for Proposals:

American Literature Association Annual Conference

May 25-28, 2023

The Westin Copley Place, 10 Huntington Ave.



The next annual ALA conference will be held in Boston, May 25-28, 2023. The Cormac McCarthy Society will sponsor three panels. Topics are open, but papers on The Passenger and Stella Maris are especially welcome. Please submit proposals with one-page abstracts to Steven Frye, California State University, Bakersfield, at The deadline for proposals is January 1, 2023.


More information about the conference as a whole is available here.


Cormac McCarthy Studies CFP
Southwest Popular/American Culture Association

February 22-25, 2023
Albuquerque, NM

The Area Chair of the Cormac McCarthy Area of the SWPACA conference is seeking paper
proposals on any aspect of the work of Cormac McCarthy, including novels, plays, and
television and film scripts and adaptations.  We invite presentations about all facets of
McCarthy’s work in forms ranging from critical essays to analyses employing recognized
research methodologies. The chair also welcomes pre-formed panels, but will need submissions to be uploaded individually as required by the SWPACA. Paper presentations should be 15 minutes and should present an arguable thesis or develop a compelling question. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

McCarthy and the West
McCarthy and apocalypse
Narration and historical imaginaries in McCarthy’s work
Narrative theory approaches to McCarthy’s writing
Gender and sexuality studies approaches to McCarthy’s work
McCarthy and Hollywood
Issues in film adaptation
Neoliberal discourse and/in McCarthy
Southern gothic and its meaning now
Horror and McCarthy
Religion and philosophy in McCarthy’s work
Teaching McCarthy

Proposals should be submitted to SWPACA’s website by October 31. Please send questions to the Area Chair, Rachel Griffis, at

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