CFP: [20th] ACLA 2008: World Writers & Local Ecosystems

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Allison Carruth
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What are the relationships between global novelists â€" whose works are
translated almost instantly into dozens of languages â€" and the local places
and spaces that those works alternately memorialize and critique? If we
consider such contemporary novelists as J.M. Coetzee, Toni Morrison, Orhan
Pamuk, Salman Rushdie, and Ngugi wa Thiong’o, how are we to account for the
conflicts between local narratives of conflict, oppression, and
environmental injustice and the novelist’s own status as an expatriate,
exile, or cosmopolitan artist? Open to considerations of globalization,
translation, ecocriticism, and literary form, this seminar will investigate
the complex dialectic of local and global in the life and work of such
“world writers.”

This seminar will convene at the American Comparative Literature
Association meeting in Long Beach, CA: 24-27 April, 2008. To propose a
paper visit:

Contact: Allison Carruth, Stanford University,

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