CFP: [American] Art, Ekphrasis and Contemporary Jewish American Literature; NeMLA; (9/15/08; 2/26/09-3/1/09)

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Amanda R. Toronto
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Call for Papers

Art, Ekphrasis and Religion in Contemporary Jewish American Literature

40th Anniversary Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
Feb. 26-March 1, 2009
Hyatt Regency - Boston, Massachusetts

This panel seeks papers examining the relationship between art and
religion in contemporary Jewish American literature. For many of the
newer Jewish American authors, such as Allegra Goodman, Jonathan Safran
Foer, Pearl Abraham and others, religion is an either/or proposition,
with the sacred and the secular inhabiting separate spaces. By focusing
specifically on how art functions in contemporary depictions of religious
and secular Judaism this panel hopes to examine how these newer authors
are negotiating the sacred/secular divide-a rift that still touches on
questions of individuality, nationalism and community-and whether or not
they are successful. Additionally, this panel would like to explore
whether or not art and the literary use of art, with its focus on
temporality, spatiality, silence and voice, allows alternative, Jewish
American and multiethnic narratives to emerge.

Please email proposals of no more than 250 words by September 15, 2008 to
Amanda R. Toronto at

Deadline: September 15, 2008

Please include with your abstract:

Name and Affiliation
Email address
Postal address
Telephone number
A/V requirements (if any; $10 handling fee)

The complete Call for Papers for the 2009 Convention will be posted in

Interested participants may submit abstracts to more than one NeMLA
panel; however panelists can only present one paper. Convention
participants may present a paper at a panel or seminar and also present
at a creative session or participate in a roundtable.

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