Utopia/Dystopia: Whose Paradise Is It?
November 4-6, 2016
Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront
Jacksonville, Florida



The complete program for SAMLA 88, Utopia/Dystopia: Whose Paradise is It?, the 88th annual conference of the South Atlantic Modern Language Association, is now available to SAMLA members.  While the conference program is only available to SAMLA members, it is available to all SAMLA members. It is not necessary to be registered for the conference to view the program. This is the full text of the conference program, including the schedule with abstracts and all peripheral materials.


Online registration for SAMLA 88 is now closed.  Onsite registration will be available in the Third Floor Foyer of the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront beginning at 4 p.m. on Thursday, November 3.  

Conference year SAMLA membership (through June 30, 2017) is required for conference registration. Please complete a new member or membership renewal form before completing your conference registration. SAMLA membership offers a great deal more than eligibility to register for the annual conference, including a subscription to the South Atlantic Review, and member dues are vital to ensuring the viability of SAMLA as an organization so we encourage joining SAMLA or renewing SAMLA membership even if you are not able to join us for the conference.


Thirty-four member books have been registered fro the Member Book Display.  The Member Book Display will be featured in the new Garden of Readin'.  The Garden of Readin' will be open from 11:30 a.m. to 7:45 p.m. on Friday, November 4 and from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m on Saturday, November 5 in Conference Center B of the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront.

SAMLA Welcomes and Thanks Our 2016 Exhibitors and Program Advertisers:


Bedford St. Martin's/ Macmillan

Clemson University Press

Lexington Books

McFarland Press

Penguin Books

Scholar's Choice

Universitas Press

University of Nebraska Press

Valparaíso USA


Association for Asian American Studies

Cambridge Scholars Publishing

College Language Association

Digital Archive of Literacy Narratives

Georgia State University Department of English

Liverpool University Press

Penn State University Press

Rutgers University Press

Tennessee Williams Annual Review

University Press of Florida

University of Central Florida Department of Writing and Rhetoric

University of Tennessee Press

Valparaíso USA


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SAMLA Information
photo of speaker Doug Hesse

Plenary Banquet 
Saturday / Nov. 5 / 6:30-8:30 pm

Plenary Speaker – Douglas Hesse

Douglas Hesse is Professor of English at the University of Denver and the founding Executive Director of the Writing Program. He is also the current President of the National Council of Teachers of English. 

Under his direction, the University of Denver Writing Program was awarded the CCCC Certificate of Excellence. His other awards and honors include Rhetorician of the Year from the 2015 Young Rhetorician’s Conference and University Distinguished Scholar by the University of Denver. 

Complimentary tickets for the plenary banquet will be distributed on site. 
South Atlantic Review

Issue 81.3: "Latino/Latin American/Spanish Literatures" (Fall 2016)

We are pleased to announce the release of "Latino/Latin American/Spanish Literatures," a special issue guest edited by Rafael Ocasio and Ruth Sánchez Imicoz. We would like to thank Rafael and Ruth for their dedication in preparing the issue, which features both English and Spanish language essays. 

cover of SAR 81.3