The history of censorship in modern South Asia goes back to the Registration of Books Act (1867), used to track anti-state sedition; and to the various indigenous and British non-governmental associations of civilians who organized themselves as the guardians of literary culture around the same time. Both these currents continue to the contemporary moment in many ways. Genres of dissent are governed by various acts, laws, associations, extra-judicial modes of repression, and more recently, by social media.
Postcolonial literary and cultural traditions have been always curious about worldmaking with nonhumans. In their introduction to Postcolonial Ecologies: Literatures of the Environment (2011), Elizabeth M. DeLoughrey and George B. Handley highlight how environmental elements and nonhuman characters have been key witnesses to the injustices of colonialism, globalization, and neo-liberal forms of violence in postcolonial fiction and non-fiction.
Seeking contributions for a seminar at the Annual Meeting of the ACLA in Chicago, March 2020. Deadline for paper proposals is September 23 via the ACLA portal.
Historically invisible, women from the Arab world have recently been writing themselves into visibility and they are becoming agents of possible transformations in their society. Their voices had not been heard traditionally, but the fact that they are inhabiting the space of diaspora as a result of migration helped them become effective agents of border crossing and gave them the tools necessary to shape new identities and sound themselves out at both national and international levels. Arab-American women intellectuals have found a medium through their narratives to address pressing issues in the current age of socio-political turmoil.
The question of the relation of language to voice traces back to Aristotle’s De interpretatione, with its definition of speech as the sign of thought, and writing the sign of speech. In Jacques Derrida’s account of this phonologocentric model, voice is the ligature of “phōnē and logos,” securing their essential proximity. But if voice is only a mediation, then, as Barbara Johnson writes, voice is no longer “self-identity but self-difference.” Paradoxically, the voice marks the singular but is itself plural, sweeping the self up into an ever-ramifying play of differentiation. As David Lawton proposes, “voice is both a signature, ‘I,’ singularity, and a clear marker of difference, ‘not I,’ multiplicity”.
CALL FOR PAPERS: CAAS at Congress 2020
Western University, May 30-June 1, 2020
The Canadian Association for American Studies invites paper proposals for our 2020 conference, which will be held in conjunction with the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences at Western University in London, Ontario, Canada. Applicants may submit a proposal to one of our CAAS-sponsored panels or roundtables (listed below), or to our General CFP.
Deadline for Paper Proposals: November 15, 2019
Transnational Maghrebi Writings: Francophone Diasporas (NeMLA 2020, 5-8 March)
“Post-Political Critique and Literary Studies”
Call for Papers for ACLA 2020 Seminar (Chicago, 19-22 March 2020)
This seminar seeks papers that reflect on the analytical bridges that might exist between post- political theory and literary studies. The main question the seminar aims to answer is the following: Decades after everything was declared to be political, what are the affordances, triumphs, and pitfalls of a post-political theory of literature?