This panel will take up the question of state power as it relates to the aesthetics of the 20th- and 21st-century Indian novel. How do the form and content of the novel inform our understanding of Indian political histories as they emerge from the encounters between the state and its others? In seeking an answer to this question, this panel will attempt to understand the literary discourse of state-led development and its aesthetic claims as they come into contact with counter-discursive forms of identity and belonging. Possible topics include but are not limited to: the postcolonial bildungsroman, the role of autobiography in nationalist discourse, national realism, and subaltern imaginings of the state.
twentieth century and beyond
CALL FOR PROPOSALS
Great Writing International Creative Writing Conference
July 6 - July 7, 2019
Imperial College, London (UK)
Proposals are invited for presentations at the 22nd Annual Great Writing International Creative Writing Conference, to be held Saturday July 6 – Sunday July 7, 2019.
Proposals for presentation of critical work about creative writing or for creative presentations (e.g. readings) are equally welcome. Call closes: November 17 2018
Great Writing regularly includes research, teaching and creative writing practice topics. And more! In this 22nd year of the conference, the range of topics is likely to be as vibrant as ever.
Biological Alterity in Utopia/Dystopia, 1516 to the present
Modern Language Association (MLA)
International Symposium: “Remembering Voices Lost”
Lisbon, Portugal, July 23-25, 2019
CFP for the Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment biannual conference in Davis, CA from June 26-29, 2019.
Panel title: "Current and Future Ecocriticisms of the Americas
This session is a part of the 50th annual NeMLA convention in Washington, D.C., which will be held March 21-24, 2019. Abstracts must be submitted through NeMLA's database: https://www.cfplist.com/nemla/Home/S/17463
Kurt Vonnegut is well-known as a satirist, often critiquing, or at the very least complicating, American ideological assumptions and governmental policies and procedures. His work often challenges traditional notions of history and identity. At times, his commentaries are explicit, and at others, they are implied or metaphorical.
We invite paper proposals for our panel at the 50th convention of the Northeast Modern Language Association taking place in Washington DC, March 21-24, 2019.
Transnational Beat Generation
In his Lettre sur les aveugles, Diderot shares the discovery that the cane of the blind is not a crutch, but a privileged organ of sensory perception, structuring the encounter with external reality and shaping its internal representation. Bernard Pivot may have had the same powers in mind when he compared the cigarette of Françoise Sagan to this cane: the writer can't see, and therefore can't write, without it. How has the mythical literary status of the cigarette fared in the decades since the first tobacco-control laws? How is smoking represented in an era of growing panic about addictions, as well as persistent unease about the role of government in promoting and enforcing good health?
This year’s NeMLA convention is historic: the organization celebrates five decades of cultivating scholarship and pedagogy in literary studies. Equally historic is the fact that 2019 is an anniversary year for pivotal texts by Black women writers. It marks the sixtieth anniversary of the Broadway debut of Lorraine Hansberry’s critically acclaimed play A Raisin in the Sun (1959), and the fiftieth anniversary of Maya Angelou’s first autobiography, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (1969). Moreover, 2019 is also the fortieth anniversary of Octavia Butler’s now canonized fictional slave narrative Kindred (1979).
The récit de filiation is a growing genre which can be divided into a number of subgenres. In the récit de filiation, the author seeks to position themselves within a lineage which is usually, though not exclusively, familial. The process involves a quest for additional information that is incorporated into a narrative which is both diachronic and retrospective. Subgenres include the récit de filiation ouvrière (Martine Sonnet); the historian récit de filiation (Stéphane Audoine-Rouzeau, Ivan Jablonka); the récit de filiation d’immigration (Doan Bui); the figurative récit de filiation (Pierre Michon, Amin Maalouf).