[REMINDER] Queering the Caribbean panel (NeMLA April 7-11, 2010; due 9/30/09)

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Northeast Modern Language Association

Queering the Caribbean: Towards an Open Discussion of Queerness in Caribbean Literature (NeMLA April 7-11, 2010; due 9/30/09)

41st Anniversary Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
April 7-11, 2010
Montreal, Quebec - Hilton Bonaventure

"Where are the gay Jamaican voices?" asks "Jamerican" writer, critic and activist Thomas Glave in his essay collection WORDS TO OUR NOW (2005). This panel seeks, not to answer that question, but to expand upon it: What is the state of queerness in Caribbean literature and criticism in the early twenty-first century? Do Caribbean writers now find it possible to explore a more diverse range of sexual identities and experiences than formerly; is there a new wave of voices breaking the silence that Michelle Cliff both acknowledged and challenged in the 1980s? This panel will examine queer presences (gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, androgynous, hermaphrodite) in Caribbean literature. It seeks both discussions of texts that explicitly present queer characters and engage queer experience, and interesting re-readings of texts not commonly placed within this rubric. Papers (in English) on texts from the francophone and hispanophone Caribbean particularly welcome. Please send max. 300-word abstracts in body of email to Rachel Mordecai, mordecai@english.umass.edu.

Deadline: September 30, 2009

Please include with your abstract:

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

The 41st Annual Convention will feature approximately 350 sessions, as well as dynamic speakers and cultural events. For details and the complete Call for Papers for the 2010 Convention go to www.nemla.org.

Interested participants may submit abstracts to more than one NeMLA session; however panelists can only present one paper (panel or seminar). Convention participants may present a paper at a panel and also present at a creative session or participate in a roundtable.

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