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Novels, Then and Now

Area chair

Kelly Jean Helm (Washington & Jefferson College, Washington and Jefferson College)

This area includes all novel genres, authors, time periods, cultures, and settings. Consider it a safety net for novels that don’t fit neatly into a specific genre or that cross genres. For example, consider the many sub-genres of Romance with a capital “R”—western, thriller, paranormal, religious, romance (with a small “r”), detective, urban fantasy, etc. From Pearl S. Buck to Lee Child, from Laurie King to Tony Hillerman, from Julia Spencer-Fleming to Emilie Richards—all are welcome.

With this is mind, the Area Chairs of the Novels, Then and Now subject area of the Mid-Atlantic Popular and American Culture Association (MAPACA) invite papers on the above as well as on the following themes:

• Bridging narratives. Inspired by Pittsburgh as the “City of Bridges” papers may examine how narratives bridge time, space, genre, or plot. How can one novel bridge to another as palimpsest or adaptation?

• Manufacturing narratives. How has the production of novel changed? How has popular culture influenced the way we manufacture our narratives or how we manufacture authorial personae. Papers may examine how new media has supported or changed how novels are created and/or how authorial identities are manufactured, positioned, and circulated.

• Steeling/Stealing novels: We invite submissions that examine how novels help readers face or prepare for difficult situations. Papers may also play with the concept of steeling/stealing by focusing on stealing time to read or the stealing/appropriation of narratives.

• Pedagogy: how do we teach the novel? How can we teach adaptations? We invite submissions for either individual papers or a roundtable proposal about teaching the novel to majors or non-majors.

Submission Process: Submit a 250-word proposal including A/V requests and a brief biography by June 30, 2019 to our online submission form at

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us directly. Sarah Creel: Ann Gagne: Co-Chairs, The Novel: Now and Then, MAPACA

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