Orientalism, Post-colonialism and Islamic Cultures (4-7 November, 2010) 52nd Annual M/MLA Conference in Chicago

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The 52nd Annual M/MLA Convention in Chicago. Permanent Session on Comparative Literature. November 4-7, 2010. Conference Theme: Terror

Orientalism and Post-colonialism: Islamic cultures

Paper proposals are invited for a panel at the 52nd Annual M/MLA Conference in Chicago on the topic of "Orientalism and Middle Eastern Islamic Other". This panel intends to explore the Orientalist representation of Islamic and Middle Eastern cultures in the Western literary tradition. Thus, we are looking for papers which deal with the representation of Islamic Other and culture; analyses of literary texts produced before and after the colonial era are welcome.
In what ways did the West create its Islamic other? What is the relation between the Western and Eastern cultures and how does this prefigure the portrayal of the Eastern other in the Western literary discourse? How do the Orientalist representations of the East structure our understanding of Islam and Islamic cultures? Papers dealing with these and similar questions are welcome.

Please send a 250-300 word abstract to Filiz Barin-Akman fbarin@ilstu.edu or Renata Fuchs rfuchs2@illinois.edu by June 1, 2010.

Organizing Committee:

Filiz Barin-Akman
Beyazit Akman
Renata Fuchs