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The City and Canadian Literature and Authors (Special Panel of PAMLA)

Las Vegas, Nevada
Organization: Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association
Event: Special Panel of PAMLA
Categories: Postcolonial, Hispanic & Latino, World Literatures, African & African Diasporas, Asian & Asian Diasporas, Australian Literature, Canadian Literature, Caribbean & Caribbean Diasporas, Indian Subcontinent, Eastern European, Mediterranean, Middle East, Native American, Scandinavian, Pacific Literature
Event Date: 2020-11-12 to 2020-11-15 Abstract Due: 2020-06-02

The City and Canadian Literature and Authors at the Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association (PAMLA) Conference Las Vegas: “City of God, City of Destruction” Nov 12-Nov 15, 2020


The theme of the 2020 PAMLA conference focuses on ideas and forms of cities, fictive cities, and symbolic cities, and on various representations of urban cultures and peoples. This panel focuses on real and fictional Canadian cities, expressing visions of city types, culture, and the development of identity through cityscapes in Canadian literature and/or by Canadian writers. Given Canada’s great size but small, dispersed population, “city” has divided Canada into the “Big Three” -- Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver -- and the rest, not only from the Canadian perspective, but also from external perspectives. Canada is further divided into distinct geographical zones: Atlantic (Newfoundland, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick), Central (Ontario and Quebec), Prairie (Manitoba, Saskatchewan and parts of Alberta), Mountain/West Coast (Alberta and British Columbia), and North (Northwest Territory, Iqalait, Nunavit). Each of these zones contributes a different perception of what a Canadian city and urban population are. In addition, Canada’s English/French divide, post-colonial status, and position as a British Commonwealth country juxtapositioned with Canadian multiculturalism suggests other aspects of Canadian cities related to historical, cultural, and social considerations. This panel will expose some uniquely Canadian concepts about the city.


This special session “The City and Canadian Literature” calls for proposals for papers on, but not limited to, the following topics related to Canadian literatures/authors:


The Big Three: Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver
Canada’s small cities
Cities and regionalism
City rivalries
Maritime cities
Prairie cities
Feminisms and cities
Dystopian/Utopian cities
History and cities
Canadian cities and their sister cities
Cities and post-colonialism
Cities and religion/secularism
Haunted cities
Multiculturalism and cities
Anglophone and Francophone cities
Stompin’ Tom’s Toronto
Lucy Maud Montgomery’s Charlottetown
Margaret Atwood and cities
Leonard Cohen and cities
Nature in cities
Disconnection/isolation of cities
Stolen indigenous lands

Panel Organizer: Shawna Guenther shawna.guenther@dal.ca

Please submit proposals (max. 300 words) and a brief biography (max. 100 words) for 20 minute papers to PAMLA’s online submission system by June 1st, 2020.


https://pamla.ballastacademic.com (login or create an account first)

https://pamla.ballastacademic.com/Home/S/18074 (this panel’s direct link





Shawna Guenther