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40 Years of The Woman Warrior

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015 - 5:50pm
MLA Asian American Literature Division

40 Years of The Woman Warrior: On the 40th anniversary of its publication, the continuing influence of The Woman Warrior on 21st
century Asian American literature and culture. 250 word abstracts by March 15 to Julia Lee (juliahl1@uci.edu). Sponsored by the Asian American Literature Division of the MLA.

Flannery O'Connor Society, Open Topic, SCMLA Nashville, Oct. 31-Nov. 3, 2015

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015 - 3:33pm
Julianna Leachman, University of Texas at Austin

The Flannery O'Connor Society seeks paper submissions for the 2015 meeting of the South Central Modern Language Association in Nashville, Tennessee, October 31-November 3, 2015.

This year's conference theme is "Sound and Story: The Rhythms of Language." Papers that explore this theme as it relates to O'Connor studies are welcome, as are any papers related more broadly to O'Connor studies.

Please submit an abstract of 500 words or fewer by March 31, 2015 to Julianna Leachman at juliannaleachman@gmail.com. Please include your name and academic affiliation.

MLA 2016 (Austin, 01/07-01/10) Special Session: Rereading Commonplaces

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015 - 3:27pm
Mai-Lin Cheng/MLA

Abstracts invited for a special session on commonplace books, to be proposed for MLA 2016 in Austin.

Theoretical, historical, and/or close readings of commonplace books; commonplaces as poetry, archive, theory; commonplace books and fandom, book history, gender, genre. Submit 300-word abstract and one paragraph bio by 15 March 2015; Mai-Lin Cheng (cheng@uoregon.edu).

"The Songs They Sang on Seventh Street": Tracing the Inter-Arts Collaborations of the Harlem Renaissance Era

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015 - 2:21pm
Christopher Allen Varlack, University of Maryland Baltimore County

From Langston Hughes' 1955 collaboration with photographer Roy DeCarava in The Sweet Flypaper of Life, Wallace Thurman's 1929 collaboration with William Jourdan Rapp in Harlem: A Melodrama of Negro Life in Harlem, and the infamous collaboration of Langston Hughes and Zora Neale Hurston in Mule Bone: A Comedy of Negro Life, the Harlem Renaissance era was a time of flourishing inter-arts collaborations under-examined in contemporary criticism. This panel therefore welcomes papers about the inter-arts collaborations of the Harlem Renaissance inspired by the SAMLA 87 theme, In Concert: Literature and the Other Arts.

MLA 2016 - Forms & Feelings of Latina/o Literature

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015 - 1:35pm
Norma Elia Cantú, University of Missouri-Kansas City; Raúl Coronado, UC Berkeley

Latina/o literature has long evaded genre classification, mingling fiction, poetry, history, memoir, ethnography, and visual representation. What is captured? Soul? Spirit? Community?

300 word abstracts by 15 March 2015; Norma Elia Cantú (cantun@umkc.edu) and Raúl Coronado (raulc@berkeley.edu).

Nation, Narration, and Revolution - MSA 17 "Modernism and Revolution", Boston, Nov. 19-22, 2015

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015 - 1:34pm
Vaclav Paris / CUNY City College

The modernist period is characterized by national upheavals, from the Mexican Revolution, to the Russian Revolutions, to the controversial peace settlements of 1919, and the crises leading up to the Second World War. Modernist artists, writers and filmakers engaged with, and responded to these upheavals, adapting their media to narrate new kinds of national belonging and new versions of the national story. Exploring the connections between nation, narration, and revolution in its broadest sense, this panel seeks to bring together a variety of examples of modernist reactions to geopolitical upheaval.

MLA 2016 - Caribbean Sexualities in Displacement

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015 - 1:32pm
Maia Gil'Adi, George Washington University; Radost Rangelova, Gettysburg College

The Aesthetics and Ethics of Displaced Caribbean Sexual Minorities. Seeking papers on space and body politics of exiles, diasporas, and/or migrations of Caribbean LBTQIA. Co-sponsored by the Latina and Latino Forum and the Puerto Rican Literature and Culture Forum of MLA.

300-word abstracts by 15 March 2015; Maia Gil'Adi (mgiladi@email.gwu.edu) and Radost Rangelova (rrangelo@gettysburg.edu).

MLA 2016: Latina/o Studies and the "Transnational Turn"

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015 - 1:29pm
Norma Elia Cantú, University of Missouri-Kansas City; John Alba Cutler, Northwestern University

Theorizing the relationships between transnational and local in Latina/o literature and culture. Institutional politics of transnational approaches to Latina/o Studies.

300-word abstracts by 15 March 2015; Norma Elia Cantú (cantun@umkc.edu) and John Alba Cutler (john-cutler@northwestern.edu).

Dystopia and Race in Contemporary American Literature

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015 - 11:51am
MLA 2016 (1/7/2016 - 1/10/2016) - Austin, TX

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 - 31 May 2015

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015 - 11:12am
Themed Issue Dedalus Journal | Project CILM

CULTURES OF (IN)SECURITY IN COMPARISON
Dedalus Journal: Issue edited by Susana Araújo | Susana S. Martins | Carlos Garrido Castellano

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