CFP: [American] Where Are We Now? (Literatures of the U.S. in Languages Other Than English)

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Michael Clinton Bruce
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The MLA Discussion Group on Literatures of the U.S. in Languages Other Than
English announces a roundtable to be held at the 2009 Convention of the MLA
in Philadelphia:

Where Are We Now?

While the status of non-English U.S. literatures within the academic
establishment has evolved considerably within the past twenty years, many
conceptual, disciplinary, and pedagogical challenges remain. This
roundtable will reassess if, how, and with what frequency scholars,
students, and publishers approach these literatures. Naturally, such a
reevalution calls into question the validity of boundaries on various
levels: disciplinary and canonical (the very definition of “American” and
other national literatures) as well as geographical and political (the
creation of the American nation and the place of non-English U.S.
literatures situated in a global context). In order to spark discussion and
debate, four 10-minute presentations will precede and frame an open
conversation among panel members and attendees.

Possible topics of proposals may address but are not limited to the
following questions:

·How are non-English American literatures taught in your classroom or
·To what degree are non-English literatures of the United States
pedagogically marginalized and what trends can we identify?
·What issues still face these corpuses in English Departments?
·How are immigrant or heritage language texts taught in modern language
·To what extent are works in languages other than English viewed as
belonging to other national literatures?
·What is the role of translation and/or bilingual publication of
non-English works in core courses? In specialty courses?
·How is "American" literature defined in graduate programs and
undergraduate instruction—linguistically, nationalistically, geographically?
·How is the category of "literatures of the U.S. in languages other than
English" redefined by the emphasis on diasporic, transnational, and
globalization studies?
·How do publishers approach the use of languages other than English?
·How are our institutions of higher learning preparing professors and
teachers to meet the challenges of heritage classrooms versus
second-language classrooms?
Abstracts (250 words or less) and CVs should be sent to no later than March 15, 2009.

N.B.: The 2009 MLA Annual Convention will be held in Philadelphia from 27
to 30 December. The exact date and time of this roundtable have not been

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