CFP: [Graduate] Step Across This Line - UNC Charlotte English Graduate Student Association Conference

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Step Across This Line
The 8th Annual UNC Charlotte English Graduate Student Association
January 25, 2008

“In our deepest nature, we are frontier-crossing beings…The journey
creates us. We become the frontiers we cross.” -Salman Rushdie

Rushdie’s quote from Step Across This Line encourages readers to become
mindful of the boundaries within which they operate, and to consider in
what ways the act of crossing a line, boundary or frontier becomes an
integral part of the identity of both writer and reader. Recent years
have seen not only shifting boundaries of literary scholarship, but a
fundamental repositioning in our conception of boundaries; the
characteristics that connect texts, and creators of texts, are becoming
as important as those that divide.

What does this shifting of boundaries, this nascent emphasis on that
which connects rather than divides, mean for the study of language and
literature? The 8th Annual UNC Charlotte English Graduate Student
Association Conference is dedicated to exploring this concept of frontier
crossing as it relates to the “lines” we encounter in both creative and
critical writing. Our purpose is to seek out writers who explore,
evaluate, and challenge the boundaries under which we labor in the
context of creation. This conference will feature work that bridges the
traditional distinctions between form and content, creative and critical,
and will facilitate a forum for exploration and creative inquiry in the

Michael Martone, professor at the creative writing program of the
University of Alabama, will be our featured speaker. (More information
available at

We invite presenters to submit work that aims to reconsider and expand
conventional notions of academic writing. Submissions falling under the
designation of “critical creativity” might take several forms, including:

• Papers of all types that deal with genre-blurring: critical appraisals
of literary texts that involve such blurring, theoretical papers
exploring the concept of genre, or papers that discuss genre-blurring in
the classroom.
• Experimental literary fiction and creative non-fiction that extends the
definitions of the respective genres, blurring traditional forms, and
enlarging the boundaries of reader expectation.
• Critical scholarship which intermingles the styles and forms of
literary creative writing with academic prose.
• Genre-blending work that celebrates the similarities and contrasts of
conventional forms.
• Literary work informed by the questions of frontier, journey, and risk.

We welcome broad interpretations on this theme, with the understanding
that innovation often resists categorization.

Please submit an abstract or synopsis of approximately 300 words to in the body of the e-mail or as a Microsoft Word
attachment by December 15, 2007. Please put “EGSA Conference” in the
subject line of the e-mail.

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