CFP: [Gender Studies] NEMLA: Revisiting Asian American Women's "Articulate Silences"

full name / name of organization: 
Susan Muchshima Moynihan
contact email: 

NEMLA has extended its deadlines. The deadline for the following CFP is
now October 12, 2007.

Northeast Modern Language Association (NEMLA) Annual Convention
Buffalo, NY
April 10-13, 2008

Call for Papers:

Panel sponsored by the NEMLA Women’s Caucus:
“Revisiting Asian American Women’s ‘Articulate Silences’”

In her significant 1993 book, _Articulate Silences: Hisaye Yamamoto,
Maxine Hong Kingston, Joy Kogawa_ (Cornell UP), King-kok Cheung links the
legacies of silence for both Asian Americans and for women more broadly,
tracing the connections among constructions of docility, acquiescence,
silence, and inscrutability, and argues that Asian American women writers
turn the assumption regarding silence on its head:

“They articulateâ€"question, report, exposeâ€"the silences imposed on
themselves and their peoples, whether in the form of feminine and
cultural decorum, external or self-censorship, or historical or political
invisibility; at the same time they reveal, through their own manners of
telling and through their characters, that silencesâ€"textual ellipses,
nonverbal gestures, authorial hesitations (as against moral, historical,
religious, or political authority)â€"can also be articulate.” (3-4)

This panel revisits Cheung’s influential argument, as well as other
pertinent analyses such as Patti Duncan’s book _Tell This Silence_, in
order to extend our understandings of silence in Asian American women’s
literature. What are the forms that silence takes? What kinds of
articulations are possible? How is silence read? Are feminist coalitional
politics enabled and/or limited by complicating the political emphasis on
voice? Are various forms and styles of articulate silences traced to
differences among Asian American women? (those marked by diaspora? by
trauma and refugee status? by postcolonial legacies?) How are articulate
silences shaped by historical contexts and the political and legal issues
of the time? Proposals that address the literary, rhetorical, or
political dimensions of silence and voice in Asian American women’s prose
or poetry are welcome.

Deadline for presentation abstracts: October 12, 2007

Please email 250-500 word abstracts to the panel chair:

Susan Muchshima Moynihan, Assistant Professor
Department of English
State University of New York at Buffalo

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