CFP: [Postcolonial] Postcolonial Parenting; 18th Annual British Commonwealth and Postcolonial Studies Conference 2/27-2/

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Jocelyn Fenton Stitt
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jocelyn.stitt@mnsu.edu

CFP: Postcolonial Parenting; 18th Annual British Commonwealth and
Postcolonial Studies Conference

18th Annual British Commonwealth and Postcolonial Studies Conference
2/27-2/28 2009 Savannah, GA
http://ceps.georgiasouthern.edu/conted/bcps.html

Postcolonial Parenting

Many postcolonial novels employ the figure of the child or the theme of
coming of age. These characters and themes have often been interpreted,
sometimes controversially, as a metaphor for the emerging nation. But where
did these children come from? This panel seeks papers on postcolonial
literature written from parents’ point of view, rather than the point of
view of the child. How might familiar themes such as diaspora,
decolonization, immigration, education, nation building, and globalization
look different through the eyes of parents? What difference, for example,
does it make to the novel Brick Lane that its protagonist learns about
diasporic identity through her experience of being a mother? How might we
understand decolonization and independence while looking through the eyes
of a woman trying to raise children in the midst of these upheavals, as in
The Joys of Motherhood? While there is a considerable body of literature
about motherhood and postcolonial nationalism, for example, or about how
mothers are figured in a variety of literary traditions, these
representations are often from the point of view of the child. If mothers
might constitute a theme in postcolonial literature, one might ask where
are the texts of postcolonial fatherhood? How does genre play into
representation: might new ways of writing about parenthood such as blogs
work in the postcolonial context? Although focused on texts depicting
parents’ perspectives on postcolonial issues, the panel is open as to
region, period, genre, and methodology.

Abstracts (no longer than 300 words please) and short professional
biographies to Jocelyn.stitt_at_mnsu.edu.
Deadline: October 15, 2008

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