Carnivalization and the Carnivalesque Due by May 29

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Georgia and Carolinas College English Association at SAMLA
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For its 2015 SAMLA panel, the Georgia and Carolinas College English Association seeks proposals that address the theme of carnivalization and the carnivalesque. As articulated by Mikhail Bakhtin, "carnival celebrated temporary liberation from prevailing truth and from established order; it marked the suspension of all hierarchical rank, privileges, norms, and prohibitions. Carnival was the true feast of time, the feast of becoming, change, and renewal. It was hostile to all that was immortalized and completed." Topics include but are not limited to:
• the liberating subversion of popular humor on the literary and cultural tradition
• the overturning of hierarchies in popular carnival
• the mingling of the sacred and the profane, the sublime and the ridiculous
• the usurpation of power
• the scatological
• the grotesque
• open/dialogic or polyphonic genres, esp. in satire and the novel
• alternative voices versus authoritative, official culture
• transgression of genres and gender roles

By May 29, please submit abstracts to Lee Brewer Jones, Department of English, GPC – Online: lee.jones@gpc.edu.