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Proposed Special Session on Domestic Cats in Literature at SAMLA 93 (SAMLA)

Atlanta, GA
Organization: SAMLA
Event: SAMLA
Categories: Postcolonial, Graduate Conference, American, Hispanic & Latino, Comparative, Interdisciplinary, British, Popular Culture, Gender & Sexuality, Literary Theory, Women's Studies, World Literatures, African-American, Colonial, Revolution & Early National, Transcendentalists, 1865-1914, 20th & 21st Century, Medieval, Early Modern & Renaissance, Long 18th Century, Romantics, Victorian, 20th & 21st Century, Aesthetics, Anthropology/Sociology, Classical Studies, Cultural Studies, Environmental Studies, Film, TV, & Media, Food Studies, History, Philosophy, 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: 2021-11-04 to 2021-11-06 Abstract Due: 2021-06-01

Submissions are invited for a proposed special session of 15-minute traditional papers on domestic cats in literature at the 93rd annual conference of the South Atlantic Modern Language Association (SAMLA), scheduled to be held in Atlanta, GA, USA, 4-6 November 2021.


Papers may address any aspect of the subject, including—but not limited to—the following:

  • Cats and social networks and/or social distances (Abstracts addressing the conference theme are especially welcome.)
  • Cats as characters, symbols, companions, pets, inspiration, environmental pests, guides, thieves, mystical creatures, gods
  • Cats and mystery, aesthetics, creativity, abstraction, contemplation, parody, comedy, modernism, myth, the supernatural
  • Cats in science fiction, comics, film, young-adult literature, children’s literature
  • Cats in the works of specific authors like T. S. Eliot, J. K. Rowling, Lewis Carroll, Edgar Poe, Rudyard Kipling, Mikhail Bulgakov, Stephen King, and others.

Please send abstracts of 250 words, a brief bio, and any A/V or scheduling requests to Ben P. Robertson, Troy University, at bprobertson@troy.edu, by 1 June 2021. Please use “SAMLA 93” as your subject line.  All submissions will be acknowledged. 


For more information about SAMLA, you may consult the web site at https://samla.memberclicks.net/.



Ben P. Robertson