ALA 2016–Call for Papers

American Literature Association 27th Annual Conference

May 26-29, 2016

San Francisco, CA


The Frank Norris Society

The Frank Norris Society will sponsor two sessions at the American Literature Association Conference at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco in Embarcadero Center on May 26-29, 2016.

Session One: Issues in American Literary Naturalism. This session will focus on broader treatments of American literary naturalism (whether directly related to Frank Norris or not). Possible topics might include definitional studies, treatments of American literary naturalism in the context of late nineteenth-century culture and history, examinations of literary naturalism in the twentieth century, and related topics.

Session Two: Open Topic. Any aspect of Frank Norris’s work or life will be considered.

Presentations will be limited to 20 minutes

Please email abstracts or papers of no more than ten double-spaced pages by January 15, 2016, to the program chair:

Eric Carl Link

For further information about the conference, please consult the ALA website at or contact the conference director, Professor

Alfred Bendixen of Princeton University at with specific questions.