CFP: [Postcolonial] CFP: ACLA 2009 Seminar: The Literary Caribbean

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Kahlil Chaar
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Call for Papers for ACLA Conference Seminar
“The Literary Caribbean”
March 26-29, 2009
Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

Seminar Organizers: Emily A. Maguire, Northwestern University, and Kahlil
Chaar, New York University

As Edouard Glissant, Antonio Benítez Rojo, and other Caribbeanists have
observed, the Caribbean is a paradigmatic space of cultural flows,
connections and interruptions, a territory whose history and identity have
been and are determined by errantry and up-rootedness. Thus, Caribbean
literary production is often characterized as a practice of translation,
negotiation, and appropriation, a power struggle with cultural traditions
that span both sides of the Atlantic. This panel aims to discuss these
constructions of the fragmentary world of the literary Caribbean and in the
process question the possibility and/or impossibility of defining the
Caribbean as such. We welcome proposals that engage critically with these
issues by offering new readings of exemplary texts and/or bringing marginal
texts to light. Relevant questions include the following: In what ways do
both the translation and mistranslation of languages, cultures and
ideologies operate in the literary Caribbean? What dialogues and/or
misreadings have become determining (even defining) elements of Caribbean
literature? Is it possible to conceptualize Caribbean literary production
beyond questions of identity, and what would be the impications of such
thinking? What roles should narratives of nationhood and insularity play in
a re-envisioning of the Caribbean literary archipielago?

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