CFP: “Maps in Popular Fiction” (NeMLA 2017, submission deadline 9/30)

My colleague Emily Lauer is organizing a session for the 2017 meeting of the Northeast Modern Language Association, March 23 to 26, in Baltimore, Maryland.

(Based on the CFP’s mention about maps in comics and manga, maybe cartography in Jeff Smith’s Bone or, as shown above, maps in Oda’s One Piece could yield potential topics for submissions. And I have some advice for people working on abstracts for this and other sessions.)

Please submit abstracts by September 30 to NeMLA CFP List web site here: Please share the CFP below with anyone who may be interested in submitting.

Maps in Popular Fiction

Maps bound in at the beginning of books can shape the reading of the book in a variety of ways. This panel will consider the questions of genre raised (and perhaps answered) by prefacing fiction with maps, and also the various issues of intertextuality indicated by the presence of the map. This panel welcomes papers that examine the importance of printed maps in popular fiction of a variety of genres and forms including mysteries, fantasies, and superhero stories in comics, novels, manga series, and more.


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