Reasserting the National?: Questioning Origin(al)s in Canada, May 14-15 2010

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University of Toronto

Reasserting the National?: Questioning Origin(al)s in Canada

An open conference at the University of Toronto
Hosted by the Canadian Literature Group and supported by the Faculty of Arts and Science, the Department of English, and the Graduate English Association of the University of Toronto
May 14-15, 2010

**Update: The deadline for submissions has been extended until March 22, 2010.**

Canadian literature is often thought of as a belated or lesser version of European literatures. Yet, how does Canadian literature write back to European literary traditions? Does Canadian literature assert an "original" national identity, or, is Canadian identity merely a "copy" of American, English, or French identities? How do non-European cultures write themselves into this dynamic? Revisionist literature - literature that writes back to dominant narratives or hegemonic ideologies - is simultaneously a retelling (or a copy) and a new piece of work (or original). What are the literary methodologies for representing "Canada," Canadian identity, identities in difference, and nationalism? How do concerns about representing selves and others in Canadian literatures and in editions of Canadian literature highlight the struggle to capture "Canadian identity"?

This conference invites a wide variety of papers that engage with the process of revising and editing identities in Canadian literature. You may also want to consider editorial or pedagogical issues relating to the capturing of "Canadian literature" through an edition or course syllabus. We welcome papers related to any genre, such as poetry, drama, fiction, or film. Proposals may respond to one or more of the related topics:

What are the differences between "literature in Canada" and "Canadian literature"?
Revising /editing the history of Canadian literature, poetry, or drama
Editing Canadian literature: how do editing practices engage with or deny the works? In what ways do we see the identification of others?
Teaching "Canadian identities": the pedagogical issues that interconnect with these larger questions of a national identity
The Academy and editing: bridging theory and practice
Do editing practices reassert Canadian nationalism?
How do revisionist literatures present/dramatize the national?

Please submit abstracts of no longer than 300 words to by March 22nd 2010.
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