CFP: Contemporary Slave Narrative (5/31/07; SAMLA, 11/9/07-11/11/07)

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Contemporary Slave Narrative

The South Atlantic Modern Language Association Annual Convention (SAMLA)
Atlanta, Georgia
November 9-11, 2007

Papers are sought for the African American Literature session at SAMLA that=20=
explore the contemporary slave narrative as a genre and in its specific form=
s in the twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. Toni Morrison's stateme=
nt at the end of Beloved that =E2=80=9CThis is not a story to pass on" has b=
een cited as representative of the complexities of the African American nov=
el in the twentieth- and twenty-first centuries: do writers recognize and re=
cover the past or attempt to move on? While there is an extensive body of li=
terature on the contemporary slave narrative, we are interested in revisitin=
g Ashraf Rushdy's definition of "neo-slave narratives" by examining how foun=
dational texts in the 1970s and 1980s shape the genre and, moving into a twe=
nty-first century literary tradition, considering how the genre is taking ne=
w shapes and forms. Papers might consider new treatments of earlier works or=
 make cases for new representations of contemporary slave narratives, ultima=
tely exploring how an African American literary tradition remembers the past=
 and lends itself to experimentation and revision. =20
Deadline for 250-500 word abstracts is May 31, 2007. Please send them via e=
mail to Dr. Lisa Perdigao at or in hard copy to

Dr. Lisa K. Perdigao
Department of Humanities and Communication
Florida Institute of Technology
150 West University Blvd.
Melbourne, FL 32901-6975

All accepted panelists must be SAMLA members. For more information about
the convention see


Lisa K. Perdigao, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of English=20
Department of Humanities and Communication
Florida Institute of Technology
150 W. University Blvd.
Melbourne, FL 32901-6975=20

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