The American Literatures and Cultures workshop strives to promote the canonical diversity and comparative approaches that have become critical to the analysis of American cultures. We also investigate the thematic, methodological, and pedagogical issues across historical periods within the fields of literary studies and American studies. This workshop discusses papers by graduate students, faculty, and guests relating to the broadly defined fields of American literary and cultural studies. Our approach allows for interdisciplinary methods in the study of texts. 2011-2012 workshops will include papers relating to urban studies, art history, religion, graphic studies, new media, and other disciplines and subdisciplines.