Critical theory Session, PAMLA 2010 [4/5/10]

full name / name of organization: 
Asst. Prof. Jami Bartlett, U.C. Irvine / Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association
contact email: 
j.bartlett@uci.edu

This year's Critical Theory session invites proposals on charismatic theory, on the ways that critical approaches to literature and other arts become trends.

Recently, Amanda Anderson has written, "We are used to thinking of charisma as inhering in the thinker who makes the argument, but another key element in the emergence and influence of trends in scholarship and particularly the realm of theory is what we might call the charisma of the argument: how compelling, reproducible, and satisfying the argument is and why it has these effects." Characteristics that reliably produce this kind of trendiness include: critique that fashionably deconstructs existing forms and structures of thought, critique that arrives in and speaks to a volatile socio-political climate, and critique that integrates academics into popular culture through the form of the public intellectual.

Approaches may engage charismatic theories and texts from any period in the history of criticism and theory, but we will have an eye out for papers that address contemporary movements. (A quick glance at relevant CFPs suggests the following: trauma and affect theory, the new formalism, cognitive poetics, globalization and borderlands, political philosophy, the ethical turn, forms of life, animality studies, and so on.) Why do these fields become trends? How do they advocate for their own trendiness? And, what do they bring to the table?

Proposals of 500 words and a 40-word abstract must be submitted by April 5, 2010 using PAMLA's Online Proposal Form, at http://www.pamla.org/2010/.

Please send inquiries to Jami Bartlett at j.bartlett@uci.edu.

Conference participants must pay PAMLA dues by May 1, 2010.

cfp categories: 
african-american
american
bibliography_and_history_of_the_book
childrens_literature
classical_studies
cultural_studies_and_historical_approaches
ecocriticism_and_environmental_studies
eighteenth_century
ethnicity_and_national_identity
film_and_television
gender_studies_and_sexuality
humanities_computing_and_the_internet
interdisciplinary
medieval
poetry
popular_culture
postcolonial
religion
renaissance
rhetoric_and_composition
romantic
science_and_culture
theatre
theory
travel_writing
twentieth_century_and_beyond
victorian