African American Review is seeking submissions for a special issue devoted to the work of Percival Everett and coedited by Anthony Stewart and Joe Weixlmann. Because of the eclectic nature of Everett’s output (novels, short stories, poetry, visual art), the potential scope of the issue will be determined by the submissions themselves, but possibilities might include:
This is a cfp for the panel, "Aesthetic Explorations in Turkish Literature" in the 2018 NeMLA convention (Pittsburgh, April 12-15, 2018).
Aesthetic Explorations in Turkish Literature:
In After Theory, Terry Eagleton writes: “Theory is general, culture specific.” If we read this assessment along with contemporary proclamations of the irrelevance of theory in reading literature, a few assumptions about what is and isn’t considered to be theory come into view. If the interruptions of culture mean death for theory as generalization, how does that immediately mean death of theory tout court? The epistemic scandal (Rey Chow, 2006) behind this melancholic gesture betrays a provincialism of Eurocentric theory.
The invention of nations in the 19th and 20th century entailed the creation of national literatures, often assembled anachronistically to fashion adoptive literary ancestors fit for a modern people. Literature has thus been instrumental in the construction and maintenance of nationalism, but it has also played a privileged role for regionalist and counter-nationalist projects, many of which have drawn on literature when assembling their own genealogies. Our seminar aims to consider both how nations and nationalism are constitutive of the space and scope of literature (e.g. the cultivation of a national literature, and political museumizing through literature), and also examine literary projects at odds with the form and space of the nation.
Taking as its starting point R.W.Connel’s understanding of multiple variants of "hegemonic masculinities," this panel seeks to examine how masculinities are constructed across a vast spectrum of class, caste, and ethnic differences in South Asia. Borrowing from Stuart Hall’s theorization of "identity in process," this panel seeks to examine the idea of masculinity "in process" in post-colonial/post-imperial spaces like India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. This panel seeks to examine different forms of fragile masculinities and aim to unpack their inextricable relationship with hegemonic practices. By doing so, this panel will examine how the idea of masculinity is heavily influenced by both local and contemporary neoliberal practices.
This is a cfp for the panel, "Reimagining the Space of World Literature: The View from the Periphery" in the 2018 NeMLA convention (Pittsburgh, April 12-15, 2018).
Navigating urban spaces as a queer subject in a global world can prove to be challenging. Indeed, the experience of being queer in the cité, favela or any major urban space around the globe may conjure up a different reality based on the subject’s country and society. This panel will consider the way writers, filmmakers, and intellectuals view queers and their relationship with the urban spaces they inhabit, especially cities implicated in postcoloniality, globalization, and nationalism and that struggle with tradition and modernity, religious faith and secularism, political upheavals and economic crises.
Since the critical adoption of “world literature,” literary scholar have too willingly taken “the global” to be a natural scale of analysis, clearly discernible from its necessary opposite: the local. This seminar looks to identify and articulate distinct relationships between various forms of “the global” and “the local” that frustrate the easy binarism we find ourselves using as we delineate the field. We thus seek to complicate assumptions about scales of analysis, without resorting to hybrid or co-constitutive terms such as “glocal” (Appadurai) or “local internationalism” (Massey).