CFP: [Ethnic] Critical Perspectives on Jhumpa Lahiri (ALA; 1/15/09 Deadline)

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Betsy Huang
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American Literature Association Conference, May 21-24, 2009, Boston

Standing panel organized by the Circle for Asian American Literary Studies

Proposals due: January 15, 2009

The Circle for Asian American Literary Studies invites papers for a panel
on the work of Jhumpa Lahiri, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of
Interpreter of Maladies (1999), The Namesake (2004) and Unaccustomed Earth
(2008). Lahiri has enjoyed widespread critical and popular acclaim for
bringing the Indian American immigrant and transnational experiences to the
mainstream American literary consciousness. We seek papers on the ways in
which Lahiri’s fiction expands the American literary canon and broadens
theoretical conceptions of contemporary Asian American subjectivities.
Suggested topics might include (but are not limited to) considerations of
Lahiri’s work as:

- a critical node that connects the distinct but interrelated spaces of
Asian American, South Asian, and transnational/postcolonial studies;

- a revision of traditional U.S. immigrant narratives within a
transnational framework;

- a reflection of the growing “taste” for ethnic narratives in U.S. and/or
global literary marketplaces.

Please email a one-page abstract and a two-page C.V. by January 15, 2009 to
Betsy Huang at

Note: Presenters on CAALS-sponsored panels must be current members of CAALS.

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