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CFP: Eudora Welty (1/10/07; ALA, 5/24/07-5/27/07)

Saturday, December 9, 2006 - 10:46pm
Annette Trefzer

Paper proposals are invited for an ALA session that explores Eudora

Welty's global connections in her work and / or with other writers

abroad. We seek new comparative theoretical approaches offering

provocative global, postcolonial, and post-regional insights into Welty.


This ALA session, sponsored by the Eudora Welty Society, seeks to

explore new topics, conversations and conflicts by situating Eudora

Welty in global literary, historical and cultural contexts. What

happens to Welty's fiction when we take it out of the familiar

regional narratives of the South that have previously defined

it? How does a global comparative study of Welty answer her famous

CFP: William Wells Brown (1/5/07; ALA, 5/24/07-5/27/07)

Sunday, November 19, 2006 - 10:51pm
Dawn Coleman

American Literature Association Annual Convention
Boston, 5/24/07-5/27/07


Despite his significance as the first African-American novelist and =20
as an anti-slavery lecturer, autobiographer, poet, editor, historian, =20=

travel writer, and dramatist, William Wells Brown has received =20
surprisingly little critical attention. For a proposed panel at ALA =20
2007, I am seeking papers of twenty minutes in length on any aspect =20
of Brown=92s work.

Please send proposals (ca. 300 words) and brief CV to Dawn Coleman at =20= by 5 January 2007. Inquiries welcome.

CFP: African Oedipus (Netherlands) (12/20/06; AEGIS, 7/11/07-7/14/07)

Sunday, November 19, 2006 - 10:51pm
Ide Corley-Carmody

Addressing the question of how psychoanalytic theories might speak
about "race," Hortense Spillers gives the term "African Oedipus" to a
model of cultural self-formation which recognizes the status of the
"father" as a social function rather than a biological genitor ("'All
the Things You Could Be by Now if Sigmund Freud's Wife Was Your
Mother': Psychoanalysis and Race"). For Spillers, the term "African
Oedipus" mediates a sociosymbolic order characterized by shifting
specular relations rather than by the fixed hierarchical positions and
meanings attributed to the father, the mother and the child within the
traditional Freudian model. The term "African Oedipus" is also linked

UPDATE: Visual Culture and Collaboration: Callaloo Special Issue (12/15/06; journal issue)

Monday, November 13, 2006 - 4:14am
Meta DuEwa Jones

Call for Papers

Note the deadline has been extended to December 15th, 2006!

Special Issue on Visual Culture. In celebration of its 30th =20
anniversary and its commitment to exploring the intersection of =20
literary and visual art, Callaloo will publish an issue that focuses =20
on visual culture and collaboration in the African American context. =20
This special visual culture issue will feature visual and written =20
works that examine the important crossroads=97where literary and visual =20=

art meet=97that Callaloo provides. We seek, then, creative responses, =20=

CFP: Charles W. Chesnutt Association Sessions at ALA (1/15/07; ALA, 5/24/07-5/27/07)

Friday, November 10, 2006 - 11:15pm
Wright-Mcfatter, Susan

The Charles Waddell Chesnutt Association is seeking papers to be=20
included in two Chesnutt sessions at the American Literature Association

Conference to be held from May 24-27, 2007 at The Westin Copley, 10
Huntington Ave., Boston, MA 02116.


 We would like one session to focus on white characters in Chesnutt's
short and/or long fiction (including the more recently published novels
-Evelyn's Husband and A Business Career).


The second session is open at this point: we will determine the topic=20
upon receipt of abstracts.



If your paper is included in the panel, you must become a member of the
Charles W. Chesnutt Association by March 1, 2007.=20

CFP: August Wilson's Women (12/1/06; ALA, 5/24/07-5/27/07)

Friday, November 10, 2006 - 11:14pm
Elizabeth Beaulieu

I am seeking proposals for 10-minute presentations on the topic of women
in August Wilson's cycle of plays. I hope to put together a roundtable
for ALA in Boston (May 24-27, 2007) on the often-unappreciated role
women play in Wilson's depiction of twentieth-century African American

Please send abstracts of approximately 200 words to by December 1, 2006. I would like to include
short papers on 6 or 7 of Wilson's plays, as well as time for discussion
among panelists and audience members.