There has been a striking turn towards the dystopic in contemporary American literature, often related to racial anxieties. In Native Speaker (1995), for instance, Chang-rae Lee describes an assembly of protestors outside of a Korean-American politician's house, demanding their "future back" (Lee 332). Similarly, in Almanac of the Dead (1990), Leslie Marmon Silko introduces us to men obsessed with racial purity in light of what they view as the process of "[b]rown people [inheriting] the earth like cockroaches" (Silko 561). This panel explores how racial tensions inform literary renderings of the future.
CULTURES OF (IN)SECURITY IN COMPARISON
Dedalus Journal: Issue edited by Susana Araújo | Susana S. Martins | Carlos Garrido Castellano
Call for Papers
Volume 10: Scholarly Teaching and Learning
InSight: A Journal of Scholarly Teaching is a scholarly publication designed to highlight the work of postsecondary faculty at colleges and universities across the United States. It is a refereed scholarly journal published annually by the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) at Park University that features theoretical and empirically-based research articles, critical reflection pieces, case studies and classroom innovations relevant to teaching, learning and assessment.
DLB 378: Novelists on the American Civil War
"The Means, Ends, and Representation of Radical Political Experience"
This panel will focus on modernist literature that represents the means of radical or revolutionary political movements – instinctual repression, iron discipline and eclipse of personal freedom, hierarchical organization, etc. – in opposition to their manifest goals of personal freedom and equality.
Some of the questions to be addressed include:
CFP: Academic Autobiographies
Intermezzo, a digital longform publication associated with Enculturation (http://www.enculturation.net) seeks submissions that address academic autobiography.
David Shumway once labeled the academic star system as one where autobiography marginalizes community in favor of the individual. Indeed, too few academics pen autobiographies unless they are so-called stars. Yet, all academics have a story to tell, one that merges the personal and the professional, the anecdotal and the political, the banal and the important. Academics should want to tell their stories.
Call For Proposals:
Conference: "Mapping Nations, Locating Citizens" An interdisciplinary conference on nationalism and identity
Dates: October 30 – 31, 2015
Institution: Humber College / International Festival of Authors, Location: Harbourfront Centre, Toronto, Canada
Submission Deadline: May 10, 2015
Taken on its own, "positions" appears an innocuous and static term, suggesting a location, a posture, a place, a job or status. And yet, positioning is always implicit in the critical endeavor, evident not only in the placement of signifiers within a text, but within constellations of texts that we read comparatively. One could further argue that the various acts of positioning and the positions we hold manifest themselves in every facet of human interaction: political, rhetorical, theoretical, ideological, sexual, psychological, cultural and so on.
There is a long tradition of haunting in short fiction, often appearing in the form of ghost stories, folk tales, fairy tales, and legends. Short narrative indeed appears to embrace the supernatural. Elizabeth Bowen explains, for example, in the preface to A Day in the Dark and Other Stories that while she uses "the supernatural" in her short stories, she considers it "unethical' to do so in a novel.