The Mark Twain Circle of America will sponsor two panels at the annual

American Literature Association conference, which will be held 25-28 May

2017, at Boston’s Westin Copley Place Hotel.

Please send a 1 page abstract to Circle president Kerry Driscoll (
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or before 7 January 2017.

*Panel 1.  Mark Twain and Immigration*

Papers are invited examining Twain’s representation of national and
cultural borders (as well as more

abstract conceptual boundaries) and the various individuals crossing
them—from Chinese immigrants

in the Western U.S. and the Quaker City “pilgrims” in Palestine to the
dynamic of ethnic imposture

(Irish immigrants masquerading as “Indians” in “A Day at Niagara” and as
Chinese in “John Chinaman

in New York,” etc.)

*Panel 2.  Open Topic—New Directions in Mark Twain Studies*

Papers are invited on any aspect of Twain’s work and legacy.

Thank you,

Kerry Driscoll

President, Mark Twain Circle

Professor of English

University of St. Joseph

West Hartford, CT 06117