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Chinua Achebe's No Longer at Ease at 60 (for Northeast Modern Language Association 5-8 March 2020)

updated: 
Monday, June 24, 2019 - 12:39am
Northeast Modern Language Association
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, September 30, 2019

As Chinua Achebe's second novel, No Longer at Ease, first published in 1960, arrives at its 60th anniversary, scholars have an opportunity to reassess its significance not only for African literature, but also for world literature in general. The story is set in the 1950's and richly depicts the cultural tensions of African societies nearing independence from Great Britain. It forecasts both the optimism and the disappointment that would characterize post-independence Africa. In dramatizing the fortunes of the Okonkwo family in rural Nigeria and Lagos, No Longer at Ease forms a sequel to Achebe's first and most famous novel, Things Fall Apart (1958), but is not as widely read and discussed as its predecessor.

Katherine Mansfield Journal Tinakori

updated: 
Monday, June 3, 2019 - 3:20pm
Katherine Mansfield Society in association with Edge Hill University
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, July 12, 2019

Tinakori:

Critical Journal of the Katherine Mansfield Society 

Editors: Kym Brindle and Karen D’Souza

 

‘But this is all a dream you see. I want to come home – to come home’

Letter from Mansfield to Murry [18 March 1918]

 

NeMLA 2020 Panel: 'The New Lost Generation': African American Expatriate Writers in Paris, 1945-60

updated: 
Tuesday, August 13, 2019 - 5:08pm
Courtney Mullis, Duquesne University
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, September 30, 2019

NeMLA 2020: Boston, MA

http://www.buffalo.edu/nemla/convention.html

In his 1961 essay “The New Lost Generation,” James Baldwin argues that Europe gave the “new” African American expats of the late 1940s and the 1950s “the sanction, if one can accept it, to become oneself. No artist can survive without this acceptance. But rare indeed is the American artist who achieved this without first becoming a wanderer, and then, upon his return to his own country, the loneliest and most blackly distrusted of men.” Indeed, Baldwin asserts that African American expats in Paris gained a kind of liberation through their experience with a culture wholly unlike their own.

Portrayal of Minorities in Pakistani Literature

updated: 
Tuesday, June 18, 2019 - 10:08am
Mushtaq Bilal / Binghamton University
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, September 30, 2019

This session is part of the 51st NeMLA Convention to be held in Boston from 5 - 8 March, 2020. Please submit your abstracts (300 words) through NeMLA's website: https://cfplist.com/nemla/Home/S/18094. In order to submit your abstracts, you will have to create an account on NeMLA's website. 

American Conference for Irish Studies Western Regional Annual Meeting

updated: 
Tuesday, July 2, 2019 - 6:36pm
American Conference for Irish Studies-Western Regional
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, July 26, 2019

The Rose: Beauty, Blossoming, and Transition in Irish Studies
ACIS-West 2019
October 10-12, Embassy Suites Portland Downtown, Portland, Oregon

 

Beyond Ruination: Climate Change and Contemporary Caribbean Novels

updated: 
Wednesday, June 5, 2019 - 10:55am
NeMLA
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, September 30, 2019

Caribbean authors have the challenge of narrating stories which can encompass the histories of genocide, slavery, indentured labor and colonialism. Alejo Carpentier, in his introduction to The Kingdom of This World (1949), is inspired by the ruins of the Sans-Souci Palace in Haiti, to imagine, in the ruination of the colonial past, a miraculous new future. His ideas spawned a genre that helped formerly colonized peoples decolonize by revaluing formerly subjugated knowledges.

World Cities in 19th and Early 20th Century Literature (NeMLA 2020 Boston)

updated: 
Monday, July 29, 2019 - 5:25pm
NeMLA 2020
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, September 30, 2019

Taking its impetus from the theme “Sharing Identities: Spaces, Places, Languages, and Cultures” this panel juxtaposes two types of space: the local and the global as they came together in the conception of the world city. The material embodiments of the function of cities as global nodes are the Expositions, Great Exhibitions, and World’s Fairs of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, where a world spectacle could be viewed in imperial capitals (Paris and London) and in international capitals (Chicago, Mexico City, Buenos Aires, to name a few) .

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