CFP: World Literatures in English (grad) (2/1/06; (dis)junctions, 4/7/06-4/8/06)
This call for papers is for a proposed panel to be
held at the (dis)junctions conference, the University of California
Riverside's 13th Annual Humanities Graduate Conference on April 7-8,
2006: Lost in Translation.
Commonly English literature has referred to British or American literatures, but now the field of English literature has extended an uneasy alliance with world literatures written in English which are not representative of Anglo-American experiences. Literatures written originally in English, but representing sites outside of the metropole, such as Caribbean and Pacific Islander literatures, New Zealand/Australian, Hawaiian, and African literatures, use the idiom of English, but in a very different way.
This panel seeks to explore some of the ways that the English language and English literary forms are used and transformed by writers from different parts of the world.
Papers might address (but are not limited to) the following issues:
Why might an author use English (rather than a native language/pidgin/patois/creole)?
In postcolonial areas of the world, what could it mean to use the language of the colonizer?
The use of English to represent a non-Western world.
The manner in which experiences are translated for an international audience.
The palimpsest of languages in English texts written by those outside of the Anglo-American location.
The notion of bricolage and its usage by non-Anglo-American writers.
Please send abstracts of 200-300 words to vsolar_at_earthlink.net by February 1, 2006. Please no attachments.
Proposals sent via snail mail should be postmarked by
February 1, 2006 and sent to:
Department of English
Riverside, CA 92521-0323
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