CFP: [Professional] World Literature: Philosophical Ideals and Pragmatic Concerns

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Pennie Ticen
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College English Association National Conference March 27-29, 2008 St.
Louis, Missouri

We invite papers on "World Literature: Philosophical Ideals and Pragmatic
Concerns" for the 39th annual meeting of the CEA (College English
Association). English Departments are being increasingly asked to offer
courses on world literature, which, as John Pizer recently noted, could be
taken to mean "the literature of the world in its
entirety...from "Gilgamesh" to cyberpunk." Even if a professor wanted to
cover such an enormity, the constraints of any given semester would
quickly intervene. So what should we teach when we teach world
literature? What texts make sense, given the make-up of our students and
our institutional goals? Are we helping to create global citizens? Or
are we awash in an ocean of too many possible texts with too little
contextual foundation? This panel hopes to provide possible answers to
some of our curricular dilemmas through exploring these provocative
questions. All view points are welcome, whether radical or conservative,
based on philosophical underpinnings or delineating pramatic and practical

Proposals should be submitted via the online database at by November 1st, 2007.

When you submit your proposal, you may use a pull-down menu to indicate
your topic. Indicate at that pull-down menu that your submission should be
directed to me, Pennie Ticen, chair of the "World Literature:
Philosophical Ideals and Pragmatic Concerns" panel. DO NOT SEND PROPOSALS
DATABASE. Please direct questions to Dr. Ticen.

To preserve time for discussion, CEA limits presentations to 15 minutes.
Therefore, conference proposals should be between 200-300 words but no

All presenters must become members of the College English Association by
January 1, 2008. For membership information, contact Joe Pestino at

For more information about CEA, the general conference theme, or other
special sessions, please consult the CEA web site –

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