"Reading in the Age of NAFTA" at ASA, Washington DC, Nov. 21-24 (Deadline Jan. 14, 2013)

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Stephen Park / University of Southern California
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For nearly two decades now we have lived through the economic, social, and political consequences of the North American Free Trade Agreement. During that time, American Studies scholars have devoted ample space to exposing the material reality of the NAFTA era, but, understandably, less attention has been paid to its textual consequences. How have fiction writers and poets responded to the rhetoric of "free trade"? To what extent have they internalized or resisted NAFTA's neoliberal worldview, and how is this reflected in the formal elements of their writing? By focusing on formal experimentation in the writing of this period, this session will trace the efforts of poets and fiction writers to expose the tension between the rhetoric of free trade and the material reality of increasingly militarized borders. This session welcomes all papers engaged in the intersection of economic and literary theory. We will take as our focus authors from Mexico, the U.S. and Canada, but papers may also explore the work of other authors who address the issue of free trade.

Please submit an abstract (300 words) and brief C.V. to Stephen Park (stephen.park@usc.edu) by January 14, 2013.