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[UPDATE] Nov.13, 2010 The 18th Annual English and American Literature Association Conference: Everyday Life and Literature
full name / name of organization:
English and American Literature Association of the Republic of China in Taiwan (EALA Taiwan) &Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures,National Chung Hsing University, Taichung, Taiwan
Literature is related to everyday life in a subtle way. Everyday life often manifests itself as the textual Other outside the major narrative thrust, and, therefore, receives scant critical attention in literary studies. In fact everyday life can be seen as an arena of two-way negotiation: it is where power reproduces itself in daily practice, but it is also where both personal and collective creativity intervenes in the reproduction of power. Moreover, everyday life often emerges, becomes visible, or acquires meaning through its engagement with other social categories—gender, race, class, ethnicity, nature, and so on, whose different relations with dominant regimes of power call for different strategies of everyday life practices. Can everyday life be taken as a micro site of resistance to the biopolitical production of social relations and forms of life? How do we conceive aesthetics in a living condition increasingly defined by urbanization, information, media, science, and technology? How do we connect the socio-historical forces of globalization and empire with the mundane details of everyday life practices? In terms of English and American literature, how do we mobilize “everyday life” as a working concept to approach literary texts of all ages, be it Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, Shakespeare’s drama, 18th-century domestic fiction, Romantic poetry, Thoreau’s writings, or American ethnic literature, to name just a few.
*Popular literature and popular culture
Conference/Paper Language: All the papers need to be written and presented in Chinese or English.