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:
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Please send 250-500 word abstracts or questions to:
Joan Conwell, East Carolina University
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Visit the website at: http://www.nemla.org/convention/2012/cfp.html
Congratulations to Carla Pastor, who recently received the First-Year Advocate Award (from among all of the nominees across the university). Way to go, Carla!
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, Jr. will speak at ECU on the evening of November 10: http://www.ecu.edu/cs-cas/voyages/gates.cfm. 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!