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Crossing the West(s): Inventing Frontiers
Banff, Alberta, October 1998

The Western Literature Association and the Canadian Association for American Studies Joint Annual Meeting Banff Center for Conferences Banff, Alberta, Canada October 14-17, 1998 CROSSING THE WEST(S): Inventing Frontiers Papers on the Canadian and American Wests
Twenty years ago, Banff hosted the unique conference, "Crossing Frontiers," which brought together Canadian and U. S. scholars of the two wests, both literary critics and historians. Since that time, much has changed in Western Studies, including a sustained challenge to the term "frontier" itself. We welcome papers, panels, and other submissions which encourage new voices, new approaches, and multidisciplinary work on The West. We are particularly interested in discussions that complicate the ways we think about The West as cultural production, historically and actually, and across national boundaries. The Western Literature Association and the Canadian Association for American Studies invite proposals that consider a wide range of theoretical, material, social, and cultural issues in the ongoing "invention" of The West. Papers might address Aboriginal issues; economics and settlement; comparative politics; spirituality and The West; the Asian West; film studies; ethnicities and identities of cowboys and cowgirls; the naming of places; literary forms; North/South "Wests"; Mexico as "West"; politics of "The West": radical right/radical left; gendering The West/sexing The West; Western environments; music, visual arts (contemporary/traditions); The West and the museum; fashions (furs and spurs, hats and chaps). Particularly, the ways and methods by which Western writers have dealt in such matters are of especial interest, as are considerations of western literary criticism since, and in light of, "Crossing Frontiers." Proposals for panels are welcome and should include a brief abstract of each paper. Individual proposals (for papers or presentations) should be no more than a page in length. Western Literature Association Deadline: June 15, 1998 For more details, contact: Robert Thacker, President Western Literature Association Canadian Studies Program St. Lawrence University Canton, New York 13617 USA Phone +1-(315) 229-5970 Fax: +1-(315) 229-5802 E-mail: