Vonnegut Surplus, Surplus Vonnegut (Kurt Vonnegut Society Session) (Panel)


American/Diaspora / Cultural Studies and Media Studies

Nicole Lowman (University at Buffalo, SUNY)

Tom Hertweck (University of Massachusetts Dartmouth)

In line with this year’s convention theme, the Kurt Vonnegut Society seeks abstracts that consider what we might call “Surplus Vonnegut” or “Vonnegut Surplus.”

Possible topics might include but are not limited to:

* Texts that Vonnegut himself might have considered surplus (Happy Birthday, Wanda June; Slapstick; Breakfast of Champions; Wampeters, Foma and Granfalloons; Palm Sunday)

* Vonnegut’s work outside novels and short stories (the Iowa workshop, as an MA scholar, Cat’s Cradle as a thesis, Vonnegut in film, etc.)

* Vonnegut’s work as surplus to the literary canon (excluding SH5, of course)

* Texts within Vonnegut’s oeuvre that might be considered surplus and what makes them extra-Vonnegut

* Vonnegutian thought and/or writing style in other writers’ work

We are open to the directions presentations might take, but abstracts must clearly indicate how the presentation will address the convention theme of surplus.


The Kurt Vonnegut Society seeks abstracts for a panel that considers what we might call 'Surplus Vonnegut' or 'Vonnegut Surplus.'