CFP: [African-American] Richard Wrightâs International Texts and Contexts
I am soliciting abstracts for a proposed Special Session at the 2008 MLA
Convention [27-30 December 2008 in San Francisco]. Accepted panelists
must be MLA members by April 1, 2008.
2008 marks the centennial of Richard Wrightâ€™s birth, and an opportune
moment for reconsiderations of his lesser-read, nonfiction works, as well
as his trans-national and non-aligned writerly commitments more broadly.
Important topics include:
--Wrightâ€™s travel writing (Black Power, The Color Curtain, and Pagan
--Wrightâ€™s interest in rearticulating Marxist and Freudian theories to
reflect post-colonial realities
--Wrightâ€™s personal and authorial position vis-Ã -vis the Cold War
--Relationships between the later fiction and the travel works
--Atomic imagery in the later fiction
--Wrightâ€™s worksâ€™ reception in Europe and the global South
--The relationship between Wrightâ€™s exile and his present place in the
African American and US literary canons
--Relationships between Wrightâ€™s works and post-colonial African writing
Please submit abstracts and a one-page CV as attachments in .doc or .docx
format by February 22, 2008, to stringd_at_temple.edu.
Inquiries regarding related topics in Wright studies or African American
literature generally are also solicited.
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