CFP: [20th] Contemporary Survivor Stories, NeMLA (9/15/08; 2/26-3/1/09)

full name / name of organization: 
Cornelius Collins

Call for Papers
"Contemporary Survivor Stories"
40th Anniversary Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
February 26-March 1, 2009
Hyatt Regency, Boston, MA

Emerging across national literatures, in fact often thematizing
transnational migration and promoting a global consciousness, contemporary
survivor stories are "bottom-up" narratives of globalization's afflicted
subjects. They flourish in popular subgenres, including film and television
productions, but they are also represented by prominent authors such as
Doris Lessing, Don DeLillo, Cormac McCarthy, and Dave Eggers. They feature
too in recent political discourse, as unchecked war making, ecological
concerns, and financial "meltdowns" inspire prophecies for a "new dark
age," driven by the shared perception that current world leaders lack
solutions to a range of crises which stand to face disparate communities
with common strategic and ethical challenges. Proposals are invited to
explore the significance of specific instances of this "survival" narrative
in contemporary literature and culture; send 250-word abstracts to
Cornelius Collins, Rutgers University,

Deadline: September 15, 2008

Please include with your abstract:

Name and Affiliation
Email address
Postal address
Telephone number
A/V requirements (if any; $10 handling fee)

The complete Call for Papers for the 2009 Convention will be posted in
June: 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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