Françoise Lionnet and Shumei Shi define transnational “as a space of exchange and participation wherever processes of hybridization occur and where it is still possible for cultures to be produced and performed without necessary mediation by center” (Minor Transnationalism 5). Yogita Goyal sees transnationalism “as a replacement for the outdated category of multicultural literature, and as an acknowledgement of the interconnectedness of the United States with the rest of the world through circuits of capital and culture” (Cambridge Companion to Transnational American Literature 7).
Seeking writers to present work at a creative session at the NeMLA convention in Pittburgh, PA, April 12-15, 2018
It’s been more than 20 years since the release of Danny Boyle’s cult classic adaptation of Irvine Welsh’s gritty novel about a group of heroin addicts in Edinburgh, Trainspotting, but the 2017 release of the follow-up, T2: Trainspotting, begs the question found in more than one headline “but did we really need a sequel?” Welsh’ oeuvre with and since Trainspotting has situated his work within the category of being what James Gardner describes as “transgressive fiction” or that which “violently attacks the center of culture” and is “literature of self-defined immorality, anguish, and degradation.” With this mission of transgression in mind, it seems odd that work by transgressive authors like Bret Easton Ellis, Chuck Palahniuk and
With Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania as a backdrop, The Mysteries of Pittsburgh and Wonder Boys show Michael Chabon finding his footing as a rising American novelist. One of the most notable devices employed in these and his later works is the way that the locations ground his characters and his plot as well as reveal his stylistic flourishes as a storyteller, even before The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay earned him a Pulitzer Prize.
Why and how are place such an evocative facet of many American writers’ work, and how does the repeated commitment to establishing place in American writing position it in a more global sense as a fiction writer?
Role Models: John Waters and His Influence(s)
Throughout his career as a queer film director, author, and showman, John Waters has both expressed devotion to those cultural figures that influenced his own work and inspired generations of artists to follow in his filthy footsteps. Film and media scholars have addressed various elements of his filmography and cultural impact—most recently Chris Holmlund’s Female Trouble: A Queer Film Classic—but few have thoroughly considered Waters in relation to the question of influence itself.
This panel reflects on the place of confusion in British and American modernism. Confusion has not been traditionally considered a proper scholarly response to textual analysis; critics are supposed to interpret a text rather than allow themselves to experience its uncertainties. What happens when we explore the confusion we feel when reading not as something to be worked through, but as something to be worked with? Building on affect theorists’ work on how our feelings can influence the way we read, such as Eve Sedgwick’s reparative reading and Rita Felski’s reflective and post-critical reading, how can considering confusion change both our experience of reading and our critical practices?
Poe & Hawthorne Conference
Kyoto Garden Palace Hotel—Kyoto, Japan
The Poe Studies Association, The Poe Society of Japan, The Nathaniel Hawthorne Society, and The Nathaniel Hawthorne Society of Japan invite paper and session proposals for a joint conference to be held in Kyoto, Japan on June 21-24, 2018. Our banquet speaker will be Michael J. Colacurcio, and our plenary speaker will be Takayuki Tatsumi. Some travel grants will be available. Contact Sandra Hughes at firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
I am dead, yet I live: Critical Approaches to Twin Peaks
Edited by Antonio Sanna
A Reminder and a revision: Call for Submissions for a special issue of the Journal of Veterans Studies | Winter 2017-2018 issue.
Broad theme: The other, othered veterans (Once inspired by the delay of the transgender ban; now inspired by Trump’s July 26 tweets)
The Transnational American Periodical
A one day symposium in collaboration with the Network of American Periodical Studies
British Library, London – 15 December 2017
Plenary Speaker: Professor Janet Floyd (King’s College London)