Global Literature in the Age of Trump

deadline for submissions: 
September 30, 2017
full name / name of organization: 
Christina McComb Northeast Modern Language Association
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This roundtable endeavors to assess the influence of Donald Trump’s 2016 election on literature in the US and around the world.   Three avenues of inquiry will be featured. First, do the results of the 2016 election in the US clearly influence literature in the US or worldwide?   If so, what are the main traits of this influence?  Second, are there commonalities between writing in the US and writing elsewhere following the election?  Finally, focusing on non-US writing, are there perspectives or themes that are not at all present in US writing?  Is there a global voice after Trump’s election that does not exist in the United States?

One of the strengths of comparative literature is that by definition it offers a pluralistic perspective on concrete world events.  The unexpected election of a non-politician in the November 2016 election offers an ideal opportunity to test the meaning and importance of a global literary perspective on a given event.

We are hopeful that this roundtable will attract participants from all continents.  By design, we want to use a very broad definition of “literature” and “writing.”  Although the roundtable description does not focus on poetry, a presentation on trends in poetry in the Trump Era would certainly be welcome.  “Essays” on life in the Age of Trump may also be used. 

Although this is a roundtable, meaning the presentations should be short, participants may certainly submit papers in advance of the conference for careful review before the roundtable itself.