Mark Twain and Spirituality - Papers examining Twain's relationship to
issues of faith and doubt, apostasy, sin or the afterlife, both in terms
of Christianity and other religious traditions.
Mark Twain and Women Writers - Papers exploring the literary or personal
relationships between Twain and women writers who were his
Mark Twain and Indigenous Peoples - Papers examining Twain's attitudes
toward and literary representation of indigenous peoples in both his
fiction and non-fiction; papers addressing the responses of indigenous
people to Twain.
Mark Twain and the West - Papers focusing on Twain's Western writings
and their role in shaping the cultural mythology of the West; papers
exploring the West's role in shaping the mythology of Twain.
Mark Twain and the Metropolis - Twain lived in or visited nearly every
major city in the world. Papers are invited dealing with this dimension
of Twain's life and art.
Mark Twain at 70 - Papers examining Twain's life and changing
perspective as he approached his 70th year. Special attention to Twain
and his attitude toward and experience of aging and of his place in
literary, political, and cultural pantheons.
Mark Twain and Madness - Papers discussing madness, dysphoria, rage, and
mania in Twain's life and works.
Mark Twain and Drama - Papers examining aspects of Twain's published and
unpublished, finished and unfinished dramatic works
Mark Twain and Regionalism - Papers exploring Twain in the company of
regionalist writers; comparative papers are especially welcome.
Mark Twain and Performing Identity - Papers exploring performance and
the performative in Twain's writing and persona.
Mark Twain and Popular Culture - Papers examining Twain and the popular
culture of his time; papers examining Twain and popular culture up to
Mark Twain and Community - Papers examining Twain in relation to actual
communities such as Nook Farm, Elmira, or Hannibal, or in relation to
more conceptual communities such as the literary community, clubs, or
the community of journalists.
Mark Twain and War - Papers focusing on Mark Twain and the nature of
conflict, the character of the warrior, and the "isms" of warfare, i.e.,
imperialism, nationalism, and patriotism.
While papers addressing the issues identified above will be given
priority, papers offering other perspectives or approaches are welcome.
Papers will be juried without knowledge of authorship. Please send
papers in duplicate to:
Barbara Snedecor, Director
Center for Mark Twain Studies
One Park Place
Elmira, NY 14901 Deadline: November 30, 2004