Monthly Archives: August 2011

Call For Papers (from Joan Conwell)

Call for Papers

43rd Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)

March 15-18, 2012

Rochester, New York – Hyatt Rochester

Host Institution: St. John Fisher College

Keynote speaker: Jennifer Egan, 2011 Pulitzer Prize winner, A Visit From the Goon Squad


Seeking papers on the convergence of transnational literatures, gender, and state power.


Particularly interested in:

*How literature and contemporary or historical world affairs influence one another.

*Whether the special qualities of transnational literature such as border crossing, hybridity, code-switching, and/or the erosion of cultural barriers situate it to confront political injustice.

*Investigations into the role of literature (broadly defined) and gender with regard to the 2011 Arab uprisings, major world elections, state repression, or specific human rights violations.


Deadline: September 30, 2011

Please include with your abstract:

Name and Affiliation

Email Address

Postal Address (optional)

Telephone Number (optional)

A/V requirements (if any; $10 handling fee with registration)


Please send 250-500 word abstracts or questions to:

Joan Conwell, East Carolina University

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Jefferson Fortner to present talk at the Southern Comparative Literature Association Conference

Our MTL student Jefferson Fortner will present a paper as part of a panel on “Exiles and Diasporas” as part of this year’s SCLA Conference in Charlotte.  He provides a brief description below:

In Dr. Deena’s class we read two plays by Athol Fugard of South Africa: Sorrows & Rejoicings and Valley Song.  Focusing primarily on the play Sorrows & Rejoicings and on details of Fugard’s life, I compared his work to the work and life of Hamilton Basso, a Southern novelist most active in the 50s.  Specifically, I focused on Basso’s novel The View from Pompey’s Head.  In both instances I focused on the intellectual exile of the liberal artist/writer who has to leave behind a stultifyingly conservative homeland in order to have a voice, but who cannot leave behind the impact and desire for the “homeland.”  I point out the parallels between Pre-Civil Rights era South Carolina and Apartheid South Africa and suggest a post-colonial nature for the American South at the time.  I also use brief passages from Reynolds Price and from Amitav Ghosh that highlight other similarities to Post-Colonial Indian and to the American South.

Henry Louis Gates coming to ECU

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. will speak at ECU on the evening of November 10:  With Salman Rushdie already scheduled for October 5, it promises to be an exciting Fall semester for students of multicultural and transnational literatures:  a “Voyage of Discovery” indeed!