CFP: [American] The New Orthodoxy: Religion in Contemporary Jewish American Literature

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Amanda R. Toronto
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Call for Papers

The New Orthodoxy: Religion in Contemporary Jewish American Literature

39th Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
April 10-13, 2008
Buffalo, New York

This panel seeks papers examining the role of religion in contemporary
Jewish American literature. Specifically, we would like to look at how
newer, contemporary Jewish American authors, such as Allegra Goodman,
Jonathan Safran Foer, Nathan Englander and others, grapple with the history
of assimilation by presenting alternatives to assimilation, either in the
form of Orthodoxy or through another form of “religion,” such as science,
work or art. In many cases, contemporary authors are trying to play out
religious and secular scenarios with varying degrees of success; even in
the best-case scenarios, religion is a problematic presence. Often the
religious life is presented as either an escapist fantasy or as creatively
suffocating. Why do the sacred and the secular continue to inhabit separate
spaces and is it still necessary to choose between a religious life and a
secular one?

Please email proposals of no more than 250 words by September 15, 2007 to
Amanda R. Toronto,

Deadline: September 15, 2007

Please include with your abstract:
Name and Affiliation
Email Address
Postal Address
Telephone Number
A/V Requirements (if any)

The complete Call for Papers for the 2008 NeMLA Convention will be posted
in June:

Interested participants may submit abstracts to more than one NeMLA panel;
however panelists can only present one paper. Convention participants may
present at a paper session panel and also present at a creative session or
participate in a roundtable.

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