CFP: [20th] Günter Grass and Salman Rushdie: Comparative Perspectives, NeMLA Convention (9/15/08; 2/26-3/1/08)

full name / name of organization: 
Maria Grewe
contact email: 
msg52@columbia.edu

CALL FOR PAPERS:

GÃœNTER GRASS AND SALMAN RUSHDIE: COMPARATIVE PERSPECTIVES

40th Anniversary Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
February 26 - March 1, 2009
Boston, Massachusetts

Günter Grass and Salman Rushdie: Comparative Perspectives seeks critical
comparative perspectives on Günter Grass and Salman Rushdie. Prominent
figures on the international stage of public intellectuals and
storytellers of history, both authors deal with major events in twentieth
century history that continue to shape political and social policies and
the cultural and religious national landscapes of their country of origin.
How does their work—repeatedly marked by a historical caesura—represent
world history and the universal vis-à-vis individual experience and the
particular? What narrative techniques do they employ to construct the
anti/-hero’s subjectivity, identity and consciousness? How are such
techniques linked to narratives of national identity and history? How are
time and space constructed and consequently what functions do movement and
travel have? What literary traditions and innovations inform their work on
cultural, territorial and linguistic displacement, as well as on genocide,
forced migration, partition and war?

Themes might include but are not limited to
MIGRATION • EXILE • NATION AND NATIONALISM • NARRATIVE AND
HISTORIOGRAPHY • MEMORY • NARRATIVE MODES OF CONSCIOUSNESS • METAPHOR •
FICTIONALITY • TIME AND SPACE • HEIMAT AND HOMELANDS

Send 1-page abstracts to Maria Grewe, Columbia University,
msg52_at_columbia.edu
Submission Deadline: September 15, 2008

Please include with your abstract on a separate page:
Name and affiliation, email address, postal address, telephone number, A/V
requirements (if any).
The complete Call for Papers for the 2009 Convention will be posted in
June: www.nemla.org. Interested participants may submit abstracts to more
than one NeMLA panel; however panelists can only present one paper.
Convention participants may present a paper at a panel or seminar and also
present at a creative session or participate in a roundtable.

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cfp categories: 
twentieth_century_and_beyond