"The United States," says Bruce Cumings, "is the only great power with long Atlantic and Pacific coasts, making it simultaneously an Atlantic and a Pacific nation." Yet, theorizations of transnational America conventionally focus on one or the other, not both. This seminar explores the challenge of situating America bicoastally as a problem of epistemology that engaging with American literary and philosophical histories can illuminate. We posit alongside Carolyn Porter that what vexes the American subject's ability to position itself in history and geography is an Emersonian literary tradition of ahistorical and reified consciousness.
Organization: American Comparative Literature Association (http://www.acla.org/acla2013/propose-a-paper-or-seminar/); please be sure to mark your submission for this particular seminar: Counterfeit Realities
Location: University of Toronto
Proposal due date: November 15th
Conference date: April 4-7
Seminar Organizers: Wesley Burdine (University of Minnesota), Andrew Marzoni (University of Minnesota)
The 10th Annual Miami University English Graduate Student and Adjunct Association (MEGAA) Symposium
In Conversation with the 2012-13 Altman Program:
The Human and the Non-Human
March 22nd, 2013 -- Oxford, OH
"Beyond the edge of the so-called human, beyond it but by no means on a single opposing side, rather than "The Animal" or "Animal Life" there is already a heterogeneous multiplicity of the living or more precisely...a multiplicity of organizations of relations between living and dead" - Jacques Derrida
What is (dis)reality? In The Metaphysics of Virtual Reality, Michael Heim notes the multiple attempts to define reality in Western history. The effort to delineate reality begins with Plato's notion of ideal forms as the "really real," through Aristotle's emphasis on material substance. Reality in medieval times is mirrored in the shimmer of religious symbols; efforts to catalogue the real mark the Renaissance, and the atomic bomb defines the reality of the Modern era. In contrast, material representations of the "real" are often surreal, intangible, and unregulated in Latin American, Caribbean and African literatures and cultures e.g. the work of Gabriel García Márquez, Ben Okri amongst many others.
Have a great paper on a literary topic that you're dying to share with the SW/TX PCA/ACA, but can't find a home for it in a special literature area? Fret no more, friend scholar, for I give you… the General Literature Area!
Categories of criticism that were initially developed following the birth of nation-states have long served their (mostly academic) purposes well -neatly ascribing whatever was remarkable in the arts or literature of the Americas to the familiar and accepted factors of "national origins" or national history, with scholarly classifications and modes of cognition duplicating, as on library shelves, the attendant territorial boundaries of countries.
Ecocriticism has been a flourishing field of inquiry for the past three decades. However, literary critics have only recently begun to explore literature and the environment from postcolonial perspectives. In an attempt to theorize postcolonial environmental criticism, this panel examines the intersections of postcolonialism and environmentalism in the context of contemporary globalization. With the intensification of globalization in the 1990s, there has been an explosion of local environmental movements in the global south protesting neoliberal agendas, such as development, modernity, and progress, often collaboratively implemented by national governments and international finance.
Don't Tell Me to Do the Math: Geometrical False Starts and Non-Linear Logics in Literature
American Comparative Literature Association University of Toronto, Canada April 4 - 7, 2013.
Do digital platforms change the way we remember? How will the myriad tracks we leave behind online shape the historical practices of the future? When and how do digital technologies in the classroom move from being novel experiments to transparent modes of teaching? How does digitization reshape archives and archival methodologies? How does metadata contribute to forgetting and the shape of memory? How do we define and put into practice the growing field of Digital Humanities?
Financial crises have bedeviled America since its founding, as historian Scott Reynolds Nelson reminds us in his new study A Nation of Deadbeats: An Uncommon History of America's Financial Disasters. In the nineteenth century, America experienced major panics at almost exactly 20-year intervals: 1819, 1837, 1857, 1873, and 1893. Then, as now, financial crises shattered complacency, upended conventional wisdom, and discredited narratives of teleological progress or expansion.