“Which Side are you on?”: Literature and Activism in America After 1870 MMLA “Art and Activism” Cincinnati, OH Cincinnati, Ohio. November 9-12, 2017

deadline for submissions: 
April 5, 2017
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“Which Side are you on?”: Literature and Activism in America After 1870

MMLA “Art and Activism”

Cincinnati, OH Cincinnati, Ohio. November 9-12, 2017

 

In recognition of this year’s theme: “Artists and Activists,” the American Literature II permanent section (1870-present) welcomes papers that address the connections, contradictions, and tensions between literary production and political activism in America from 1865 to the present.

Possible topics for discussion include:

  • The writer/poet as activist
  • Literature as agitprop and agitprop as literature
  • Radical politics and radical aesthetics
  • Modernism and political commitment
  • The literature of resistance in the Postbellum South
  • Jim Crow and the literature of resistance
  • Narrating Resistance (John Dos Passos, Richard Wright, James Baldwin, Amiri Baraka, Ammiel Alcalay)
  • Autobiography/Memoir and Resistance (Emma Goldman, Victor Serge)
  • Activist speeches as literature (Emma Goldman, MLK, Malcolm X, Huey P. Newton)
  • Pedagogy and politics in the literature classroom
  • Leon Trotsky’s Literature and Revolution in America

Please submit a 250 word abstract and brief academic bio by April 5th, 2017 to panel chair James Hoff at: jhoff@bmcc.cuny.edu