Margaret Atwood is a world-renowned Canadian writer. Her identity as a Canadian is important to her and is reflected in her work, especially her earlier work. However, she is a well-travelled person as well and her works don't all take place in Canada. Over the years, she has set her work in urban, suburban and rural locations around Canada but also in the Caribbean and, in The Handmaid's Tale, in the Boston area. This panel would look at Atwood's various settings. How does she use place to reflect or cause either the comfort or the alienation of her characters? Why did she choose to set her first dystopian novel in Cambridge rather than in her home city of Toronto?
world literatures and indigenous studies
CFP: South Asian Literatures in the World
South Asian Review
Guest Editor: Dr. Madhurima Chakraborty
South Asian Review invites 5000-word essays for a Special Issue on South Asian Literatures in the World.
We invite work that thinks about the international relationships, global contexts, and other national, regional, and collective identities that help generate and give meaning to South Asian culture.
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”.
The Empire definitely wrote back, often with defiance, mockery, and wit.
As Bill Ashcroft summarizes of postcolonial criticism, “this was a new way of reading those literatures that emphasized their transformative power as well as their difference.”
I am seeking papers on satirical material, in all media, which engage with postcolonial issues.
“What I liked were: absurd paintings, pictures over doorways, stage sets, carnival backdrops, billboards, bright-colored prints, old-fashioned literature, church Latin, erotic books full of misspellings, the kind of novels our grandmothers read, fairy tales, little children’s books, old operas, silly old songs, the naïve rhythms of country rimes,” Arthur Rimbaud, The Alchemy of the Word (1873).
NEMLA 2020 "Latin American Cosmopolitanisms 'Mapping Global Literary Networks' (Seminar)
May 5th-8th, 2020.
NeMLA 51st Annual Convention, March 5-8, 2020
Marriott Copley Place
French Religious Spaces, Rhetoric, and Identity: 1534-1790
How did religious spaces and their regulation in France between 1534 and 1790 shape religious rhetoric and identities? How did the legacies or privation of these spaces inform or define the identities of French missionaries in the colonies, or of French-speaking religious communities in exile? What was the relationship between private and public spaces and religious identities?
Suggested topics may include:
We are currently soliciting unpublished, quality research articles/case studies in the fields of ELT, Linguistics, Literature, Discourse and Translation Studies for Volume: 07, Issue: 03 [July-September, 2019 Issue] of IJ-ELTS.
The papers can address issues in/related to the following research disciplines-
Space in what we today call Latin America has been increasingly contested since 1492. As a result, many critics have argued that Latin American spaces are constantly subject to rearticulations. Latin American artists have produced poems, novels, short stories, songs, still art, theatre, movies, and other cultural manifestations as vehicles of rearticulation, especially in relation to natural and built environments. Indeed, an especially rich vein of contemporary Latin American cultural production embeds an active ecological awareness. A considerable part of recent ecocriticism addresses how the symbolic potential of art conveys the urgency of environmental concerns.