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The Writer's Vice: Alcohol and the American Writer, 1940-70 (NeMLA 2020)

Organization: NeMLA
Event: NeMLA 2020
Categories: American, Interdisciplinary, Popular Culture, African-American, Colonial, Revolution & Early National, Transcendentalists, 1865-1914, 20th & 21st Century, Aesthetics, Anthropology/Sociology, Classical Studies, Cultural Studies, Environmental Studies, Film, TV, & Media, Food Studies, History, Philosophy
Event Date: 2020-03-05 to 2020-03-08 Abstract Due: 2019-09-30

This panel seeks papers addressing the impact of alcohol on American authors from 1940 to 1970. Is it true, as Susan Cheever has argued, that being a writer during this period “almost always meant getting drunk”? The panel will work to separate the myths from the reality regarding the use of alcohol among writers of the period. In addition, it will assess the impact of alcohol on the quality of writing and its impact on the talent of writers.

Please submit a 300-word abstract and a brief bio by September 30, 2019, through NeMLA's website (http://www.buffalo.edu/nemla/convention/callforpapers.html) -- the sessions number is 18158. If you have questions, please contact the panel chair, Mark A. Noon, at mnoon@bloomu.edu .




Mark Noon