CFP: Session at the annual meeting of the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, to be held in St. Louis, MO, March 19-21, 2020 (https://www.asecs.org/asecs-2020).
Le Pays des Illinois: French perspectives on St. Louis and the Americas
Downing A. Thomas, University of Iowa: firstname.lastname@example.org
French names mark the streets, rivers, forts, and neighborhoods in and around St. Louis just as they do downriver in New Orleans: Crève Coeur, Lafayette, Chouteau, Bellefontaine, Chartres, Cuivre, Des Pères, Courtois, Gravois, Carondelet, and Soulard, among others. This panel aims to recognize the French heritage of this year’s annual conference site by focusing on historical accounts, literary representations, theatrical performances, musical traces, and graphic depictions of the early-modern Midwest. Perspectives on the European exploration of the area, colonial encounters, native American contributions and achievements, conflicts such as the Seven-Years War, local-to-global connections, and intercultural exchanges in the region from a variety of critical perspectives (gender studies, ecocriticism, colonial and postcolonial studies, and others) are welcome.
Deadline for receipt of brief proposals (1-2 paragraphs): September 15, 2019.