This proposed roundtable seeks to address the role of activism in the study of southern literature and in the southern literary studies classroom. Given the numerous recent protests across the region and across academia, we look for scholars to discuss how their research and pedagogy engages social issues that affect and/or are inflected by the South. These projects may reveal the relationships between the region and the nation as well as the differences and similarities that emerge when different areas of the country engage with southern literary studies.
In the opening pages of Sherman Alexie's Reservation Blues (1995), Spokane Indian storyteller Thomas Builds-the-Fire comes into ownership of legendary African American bluesman Robert Johnson's guitar, a magical object that both furthers his band's musical aptitude and reopens the scars of historical memory. In Gish Jen's Mona in the Promised Land (1996), her titular Chinese-American protagonist, newly-relocated to an affluent New York suburb, converts to Judaism, arguing to her mother, "we are a minority, like it or not, and if you want to know how to be a minority, there's nobody better at it than the Jews."
CFP:Mississippi Goddam Everywhere: The Ends of Southern and American Exceptionalisms We are seeking abstracts for 20-minute papers for a panel of the Southern United States Forum at MLA 2018. The myth that the United States (and the “American” colonies before that) is the greatest and freest nation in the world has always been deeply intertwined with the myth of a problematic, antidemocratic, backwards South. On the flip side, many southerners have long embraced the notion that the region is culturally and politically different from the rest of the nation in terms of food, music, religion, family life, literature, and more.
Special Relationships: Poetry Across the Atlantic Since 2000
We are delighted to announce the Call for Papers for Special Relationships: Poetry Across the Atlantic Since 2000, a one-day symposium exploring the interstices of poetics in the circum-Atlantic region since 2000, to be held at the Rothermere American Institute at the University of Oxford on May 19, 2017.
The 2017 First Book Institute
June 4-10, 2017
Hosted by the Center for American Literary Studies (CALS) at PennsylvaniaStateUniversity
Sean X. Goudie, Director of the Center for American Literary Studies and Winner of the MLA Prize for a First Book
Priscilla Wald, R. Florence Brinkley Professor of English and Women’s Studies, Duke University, and Editor of American Literature
Edwidge Danticat Society: SAMLA 89 (November 3-5, 2017)
The South Atlantic Modern Language Association Conference
November 3-5, 2017 The Westin Peachtree Plaza Atlanta, GA
Storytelling in the Literature of Edwidge Danticat
Discursos de poder:
Planting, Perpetuating, and Protesting Power in Literature and Linguistics
Graduate Student Conference 2017
UCLA Department of Spanish and Portuguese
April 14, 2017
Cristina Rivera Garza, UCSD
Brenno Kenji Kaneyasu, USC
CALL FOR PAPERS
liquid blackness 3, no. 7 (LB7) – Call for papers
Holding Blackness: Aesthetics of Suspension
The upcoming Women’s March on Washington D.C. is expected to be a collaborative expression of U.S. women associated with the latest wave of a multi-cultural feminist movement. It is framed as an enormous protest of millions in D.C. and other cities, one waged against the post-Nov. 8th American political move to the right, current U.S. administrative policies at home and abroad being rewritten by PEOTUS and a Republican-dominated Congress, and particularly the new war on women—the return to a highly conservative, so-called “feminism” represented by Ivanka Trump (see New York Times article on January 14) and other women connected with the ascending Trump presidency.
Submissions are currently being accepted for an anthology of Appalachian ecocriticism. The Appalachian region has largely been underrepresented in ecocritical studies, and this unique volume will represent Appalachian literature and its environment to the community of ecocritics and, more broadly, the scholarly community as a whole.
Critical investigations into the ways in which Appalachian nature are portrayed in text is, of course, the central theme of the volume. However, additional intersections may include, but are not limited to, the following:
-Accessibility/Disability and the environment
-Significance of water/Water quality